A bipartisan bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday will require phone operators to provide free blocking of automated phone services to customers, and it would also allow the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Justice Department (DOJ) to punish users of illegal robot phones,media reported. It is reported that the “Pallone-Thune TRACED Act” finally passed the House of Representatives by 417 votes to 3, will now be transferred to the Senate for the next round of voting.
A report released by the FCC in February found that Americans received nearly 50 billion robot phones last year, nearly 50 percent of them from fraudsters. The report found that the number of complaints about illegal robot phones has been increasing, from 172,000 in 2015 to 232,000 in 2018.
“Not only are these calls annoying, but in many cases they are consumer-targeted scams,” Representative Frank Pallone, A d-Jersey democrat and author of the bill, said in a press release. Unfortunately, these scams are more sophisticated day by day. All of these scams are different, and there’s no panacea to cure all the diseases, but The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act can solve this problem in many ways. “
In addition to requiring the FCC to try to stop single-loop scams, the bill would also help it and phone operators track and cut off suspicious companies that send large amounts of illegal spam. It was informed that it would also protect patients, doctors and hospitals from these calls.
Robert Fisher, Verizon’s senior vice president of federal affairs, said in a statement that the robotic phones are now officially on the table, and the new bipartisan bill passed by the House of Representatives has been a major victory for consumers and businesses.