April 27, 2022
Background: Today, House Energy & Commerce Communications & Technology subcommittee Chairman Michael Doyle (D-PA) and Ranking Member Bob Latta (R-OH), along with Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) and Representative John Curtis (R-UT), introduced the Robocall Trace Back Enhancement Act to enhance the effectiveness of the registered consortium that conducts private-led efforts to trace back the origin of suspected illegal robocalls.
The following statement can be attributed to Brandon Heiner, USTelecom’s Senior Vice President, Government Affairs:
“Traceback efforts have played a central and ever-growing role in the battle against illegal robocalls. This important legislation is critical to the millions of victims of illegal robocalls because it will help empower the FCC’s registered consortium to traceback illegal calls and more effectively share actionable information to get these illegal calls off of the networks.
We thank Representatives Doyle, Latta, O’Halleran and Curtis for their leadership on this important bill to support the critical fight against illegal robocalls. The robocall battle won’t be won overnight, but this bill will help supercharge the fight against a determined enemy.”
USTelecom leads the Industry Traceback Group (ITG), a collaborative effort of companies from across the wireline, wireless, VoIP and cable industries that actively trace and identify the source of illegal robocalls. The ITG coordinates with voice service providers at all levels within the call path seeking to identify the source of and eliminate illegal robocall traffic. The ITG also coordinates with federal and state law enforcement agencies to identify non-cooperative providers so they can take enforcement action, as appropriate.