The Senate votes to approve anti-robocalling bill

On Thursday, the Senate voted to approve a bill creating new carve outs for the Federal Communications Communications to better combat the growing scourge of robocalls by an overwhelming 97-1 vote.

A bipartisan proposal, the TRACED Act was introduced by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA). If passed, it would raise the fines the FCC is permitted to levy on robocallers, and increase the statute of limitations for bringing those cases. It would also create an interagency task force to address the problem, and push carriers like AT&T and Verizon to deploy call authentication systems like the pending STIR/SHAKEN protocols into their networks.

“It’s a daily deluge of calls that Americans experience,”…

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