December 1, 2020
TRACED Act robocall bill

US Senate Passes Bipartisan Law to Help End Robocalls

The TRACED Act robocall bill, passed by the United States Senate on a 26 to 0 bipartisan vote, will help the FCC to tackle the growing nuisance…

The United States Senate Commerce Committee recently passed the TRACED Act or Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence. It’s part of the ongoing battle to combat the scourge of robocalls.

US Senate Passes Bipartisan TRACED Act Robocall Bill

In the past several months, the Federal Communications Commission or FCC, and its chair, Ajit Pai, have also stepped up their fight against spam calls. 

The new TRACED Act expands the FCC’s authority to fine telemarketers. The bill likewise gives the agency more time to take action. And, it additionally requires mobile carriers to adopt call ID technologies.

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.

The FCC has Already Fined Robocallers $208 billion but has only collected $6,790

Since 2015, the FCC has handed down fines for violating the Telephone Consumer Protection Act in the amount of $208 billion. But, the government has only collected $6,790, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Americans received 26.3 billion spam calls last year. That’s up sharply, by 46 percent, over 2017.

The FTC reports it receives nearly 400,000 robocall complaints per day. That works out to an astounding 146 million per year.

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