Anti-robot phone bill TRACED becomes law

U.S. President Donald Trump recently signed the anti-robot phone law “Pallone-Thune TRACED (Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence) Act” to make it into law, thereby expanding the FCC in And possible fines.

It is learned that the law has almost unanimous bipartisan support in the Senate and House of Representatives.

“This historic piece of legislation will provide greater protection to U.S. consumers from unsolicited harassment calls,” the White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s office wrote.

The statement also said: “American families should have the right to control their own contacts. This legislation will update our laws and regulations, strengthen penalties, increase transparency, strengthen government cooperation, and stop (consumer) unwanted temptations. “

It is understood that the “Pallone-Thune TRACED” named after New Jersey Democratic Representative Frank Pallone Jr. and South Carolina Republican Senator John Thune mainly expanded FCC’s power and authority. The agency will impose fines of up to $ 10,000 on robot users who abuse the system and commit crimes. Violators will also be prosecuted by the Justice Department.

In addition, communications operators will be required to implement or develop certification technologies similar to STIR / SHAKEN, designed to combat phone number fraud. They will also be required to provide call blocking services to users for free. Earlier, 12 phone companies, including AT & T and Verizon, had promised to implement identity verification procedures.

With the new law, the FCC will be required to disclose its implementation annually, and at the same time it will be able to recommend further legislation on the law. And before the law goes into effect, the FCC must also have regulations on spam calls and text messages.

In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised the cooperation between the two parties and thanked the President and Congress for the additional tools and flexibility they provided for their work.

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