US House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Block Robocalls

The United States House of Representatives last week passed its Stopping Bad Robocalls bill in an overwhelming majority vote…

This past week, the US House nearly unanimously passed the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, by a vote of 429 to 3. It joins a Senate bill, the TRACED Act, which passed back in May of this year.

US House of Representatives Passes the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

The new legislation is among one of several concerted efforts on the part of the federal government to combat the deluge of spam calls.

Last year, Americans alone received as many as 47.8 billion robocalls, approximately half of which were placed by scammers, according to the FCC. It’s such a problem, the Federal Communications Commission experienced an increase in robocall complaints from 172,000 in 2015 to 232,000 in 2018.

The FCC has also stepped up its efforts to stop these automated calls. Just this month, the agency sought a ban for spoofing caller IDs for text messages and for international robocalls.

Telecoms are also doing their part to put an end to the onslaught. For instance, AT&T announced automatic robocall blocking for new customers about two weeks ago. The company will use SHAKEN/STIR to match up and authenticate genuine calls from spoofed calls.

Now, the House and the Senate will work together to send bipartisan legislation to the president to sign into law.

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