The United States House of Representatives has passed the TRACED Act which will help to combat robocalls.
What We Know:
- The House passed a bill Wednesday, December 4, 2019, that would require most phone companies to make sure calls are coming from real numbers. The legislation would also require carriers to block robocalls without charging customers any extra money.
- The bill would also make it easier for the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice to catch and convict the scammers on the other end of the calls.
- Only three House members voted against this compromise version of the TRACED Act, concerned it could give the FCC too much authority. The legislation headed back to the Senate, where lawmakers were expected to send the bill to President Donald Trump.
- A group of attorney generals from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. recently joined a dozen phone companies to announce their plan to combat illegal robocalls.
Many of the companies have already agreed to implement call-blocking technology at no extra cost to customers.