Congress Takes on Robocalls and Spoofed Phone Numbers



Have you noticed that your phone has been blowing up the last few years with scam calls from your area code? Well, congress is on the verge of solving that problem by passing the “Pallone-Thune TRACED Act”. This act was designed to combat robocalls and spoofed phone numbers, by requiring phone companies to verify that phone numbers are real and block robocalls. It also pushes the Justice Department to bring more criminal prosecutions against robocallers and gives the Federal Communications Commission more time and authority to investigate and punish illegal robocallers. Here are the details of what’s going on.

 

Sources:
Pallone-Thune TRACED Act Text:
https://energycommerce.house.gov/sites/democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/files/documents/S151RFH_SUS_xml.pdf

ROLL CALL:
Robocall compromise bill set up for quick House passage:
https://www.rollcall.com/news/congress/robocall-compromise-bill-set-quick-house-passage

NEW YORK INTELLIGENCER:
Spam Robocalls Aren’t Slowing Down. Here’s the Tech That Could Stop Them:
http://nymag.com/intelligencer/2018/05/how-to-stop-spam-robocalls-with-stir-shaken.html

YouTube Clips:
Thune Discusses TRACED Act in Commerce Hearing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1yK7AeJXvI
0:15-0:35, 1:07-1:18, and 0:37-1:02


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