The U.S. Senate has passed a bill designed to help curb annoying robot phones, which will be passed by President Donald Trump to become law,media reported. Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the Traced Act. The bipartisan bill, led by South Dakota Republican Senator John Thune and Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ed Markey, is expected to give government agencies and law enforcement more tools to track down individuals and companies that violate consumer protection laws.
It will also encourage phone companies to be more proactive in blocking suspicious calls.
“This bill represents a unique legislative effort that is centered not only by bipartisan ship but also with the unanimous support of Congress,” Thune said in a statement. Most importantly, it’s a big win for consumers across the country, and it will ultimately and officially get illegal robot callers in the spotlight. “
Specifically, the Tracking Act would increase penalties for bad guys who deliberately launch edwart robot phones. It will require the phone company to authenticate the incoming call to determine if the number is authentic. If a phone cannot be authenticated, the phone company must alert the customer and allow them to block the call. The bill would also give regulators such as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) more time to hunt down and punish the wrongdoers. It will also prompt the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to track down those who make illegal robot calls.
It is understood that the bill comes at a time when Americans are increasingly complaining about robotic phones. So far this year, there have been more than 49 billion robot phones in the U.S., according to YouMail. Many of these calls were made by fraudsters, which blocked the phone system. Hospitals have pointed to a sharp increase in the number of bot phones, which experts say hamper communication and patient care.