July 24, 2019
Momentum building in campaign to stop illegal robocalls
Background: The U.S. House of Representatives today overwhelmingly passed the ‘Stopping Bad Robocalls Act’ to better detect and reduce illegal robocalls. In May, the U.S. Senate approved the USTelecom-backed Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, a bill to bolster the FCC’s ability to stop illegal robocalls. The bills now head to a congressional conference committee to resolve differences.
USTelecom leads the Industry Traceback Group, nearly 30 participants from across the broadband industry that actively traces and identifies the source of illegal robocalls and coordinates with federal and state law enforcement agencies to bring perpetrators to justice.
The following statement can be attributed to Jonathan Spalter, president and CEO of USTelecom:
“The tide is turning on the criminals who scam, spoof and rip-off millions of American consumers, and today the House put offenders on notice. The powerful new tools approved by Congress will help beat back the robocall threat and boost the industry’s call authentication and traceback work in important ways. Special thanks to Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Pallone, Ranking Member Walden and all the members of Congress who listened to their constituents and backed this anti-robocall plan.”
Learn more about USTelecom’s anti-illegal robocall work at the USTelecom Robocall Action Center.