Anti-robot phone bill TRACED officially becomes law

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed the anti-robot phone call law Pallone-Thune TRACED (full name Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and The Deterrence Act makes it law, expanding the FCC’s powers in enforcement and possible fines.

Anti-robot phone bill TRACED officially becomes law

It was learned that the law enjoyed almost bipartisan support in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“This historic legislation will provide greater protection for American consumers from unsolicited nuisance calls,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham’s office wrote. “

“American families should have the right to control their own contacts, and this legislation will update our laws and regulations, increase penalties, increase transparency, increase government cooperation, and stop unwanted temptations,” the statement said. “

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

In addition, communications operators will be required to implement or develop authentication technologies similar to stir/SHAKEN to combat phone number fraud. They will also be required to provide free call blocking services to users. Previously, 12 phone companies, including AT?amp;T and Verizon, have pledged to implement authentication procedures.

With the new law, the FCC will be required to make its implementation public each year, while it will be able to recommend further legislation on the law. Before the law goes into effect, the FCC must also make rules on spam calls and text messages.

In a statement, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai praised the bipartisan cooperation and thanked the president and Congress for the additional tools and flexibility they provided for their work.

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