Thursday, July 25, 2019

House Passes New Anti-Robocalling Bill That Give The FCC More Power

No one likes robocalls, but unfortunately, it seems that they are a part of life. However, the good news is that the House of Representatives have recently approved a new bill in which it should help improve anti-robocalling technology and also help to reduce the amount of robocalls that people receive.


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According to a report from The Hill, this new bill would effectively give the FCC approval to take action against illegal robocalls. “The measure would give the FCC more time to investigate and punish illegal robocallers, require the agency to pare down the list of companies that are allowed to use robocalling services and raise the penalty for illegal robocallers to $10,000 per violation from $1,500.”


It would also require carriers to implement anti-robocalling technology without charging customers. “The legislation requires telephone carriers to implement technology that verifies caller identity without charging customers an extra fee, while extending the FCC’s authority to impose penalties against the entities that send spam calls.”


Previously, the FCC had made it so that carriers could enable anti-robocalling features by default. Previously, carriers sold anti-robocalling features that meant that customers had to pay to enable it, which meant that those who didn’t were subject to more robocalls than those who did. This new bill should help even things out.


Filed in Cellphones. Read more about and . Source: 9to5mac

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