Over the last month, thousands of people have ordered and signed petitions to big telecom companies demanding action against robocalls.
Now it’s time to turn to Washington, where several bills against robocalls have been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.
The following bills have been introduced in Congress:
TRACED (Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence) Act, S3655: This Senate bill would increase the length of time to bring charges against those who violate regulations, increase civil penalties to $10,000 per call, and require telecom companies to improve authentication technology
Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, HR 946: This House bill would give the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increased authority to combat robocalls, ban more kinds of robocalls, require all calls to have caller ID information, and lengthen the statute of limitations for violations.
There’s an urgent need for legislation. Experts predict that scams will make up about half of all 2019 cellphone calls.