Upcoming House Anti-Robocall Vote Demands Carriers Deploy New Tech

The US House proposed ‘Stopping Bad Robocalls Act’ legislation would require carriers to implement new technology without charging customers…

The US House Energy and Commerce Committee has dispatched another piece of proposed law to help stop the scourge of robocalls. It marks yet another step in the battle against the nuisance, a fight also taken up by the Senate, FCC, and FTC.

US House ‘Stopping Bad Robocalls Act’ Legislation Introduced

The proposed bill is named the “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act.” And, it joins the FTC’s “Operation Call it Quits” campaign, various FCC votes, the United States Senate TRACED Act, as well as steps taken by wireless carriers like AT&T to automatically block robocalls.

If the bill gains approval, it will make it easier for the government to go after scam artists with more stringent penalties. The FCC would need to update it’s definition of a “robocall,” which would require businesses to obtain consumer consent before placing automated calls.

The act would likewise demand carriers such as Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint begin deploying call authentication protocols SHAKEN/STIR. Moreover, the bill prohibits telecoms from charging their customers additional fees for the protections.

Both the TRACED Act and Stopping Bad Robocalls Act are headed to the floor of the House for votes. 

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