May 27, 2020
US Senate approves TRACed Act to stop robocalls

The US Senate just Approved the TRACED Act to Fight Against the Never-Ending Onslaught of Annoying Robocalls

The United States Senate has approved the TRACED Act or Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement Act, legislation to help prevent robocalls…

Today, the United States Senate formally approved the TRACED Act or Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act. It gives the federal government new powers to prosecute robocallers. It likewise requires carriers that have the capabilities to authenticate and block spam calls to share the technology with their customers for free.

US Senate Approves House TRACED Act to Help Stop Robocalls

The US Senate approved the TRACED Act after it made its way through Congress. In April, the Senate Commerce Committee put the bill forward. And, the  Federal Communications Commission or FCC, and its chair, Ajit Pai, have also stepped up their fight against spam calls. 

President Trump is expected to sign the bill into law, which would make it the first major legislation against robocalling in decades. However, its effects won’t be immediate. It will take months to implement the law and changes will follow sometime thereafter.

For their part, wireless voice providers are using the SHAKEN/STIR or “Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs” and “Secure Telephony Identity Revisited” protocol.

Basically, the system matches up known legitimate numbers from fakes. It essentially validates incoming phone numbers to ensure they originate from genuine sources.

The new TRACED act robocall bill gives the FCC the power to levy civil penalties of up to $10,000 per call on people would do not comply with the law.

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