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New Bill Could Fine Robocallers Up to $10,000 for Each Call

It's finally approved! Smartphone subscribers can celebrate today's victory as Congress has approved a landmark bill that puts a stop to illegal robocalls. After months of negotiating, Congress has approved the bill on Thursday. The next step is for the president to sign it into law, which many anticipate could happen in the next few days.

The bill, called the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act (TRACED Act), would give the federal government new abilities to hunt down illegal robocallers. Once the bill would be signed into law, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) can impose a fine of up to $10,000 per call to robocallers.

But in order to make this law succeed, the major carriers will need to deploy a technology known as STIR/SHAKEN into their own networks. This way, the customers of Verizon, T-Mobile, and AT&T could have an easier way of determining whether or not an incoming call is from a spoofed number.

Earlier this month, the House gave an overwhelming vote to approve the bill. With the unanimous vote from the Senate last Thursday, it only needs President Trump's signature to turn it into law. It's possible that the bill can get signed within the next few weeks.

Even though the bill has only been approved by Congress this week, the major carriers have already expressed their own efforts to support the STIR/SHAKEN protocols into their own networks. By deploying the protocols, the wireless providers have an ability to cross-verify certain numbers under their networks to make sure that calls coming from an authentic number is not a spoofed one.

This is not the first time the FCC has tried to fight robocalls. Under Chairman Ajit Pai's leadership, there have been a number of efforts to stop robocalls from continuing their nuisance on consumers. Just this summer, Pai announced that the FCC would be moving to make malicious text message spoofing and overseas robocalls illegal. This decision comes after Congress passed new rules that permitted them to do as such a year ago.

"I have yet to meet someone who says they enjoy receiving those unwanted and illegal robocalls that plague our phones. This bill represents a unique legislative effort that is not only bipartisan at its core, but it's nearly unanimously supported in Congress." - Sen. John Thune

Source: The Verge 

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  1. I believe it will not stop them. Nothing will.

  2. I wonder if people who use Google Voice would have their outgoing calls misidentified as a spoofed number?

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