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December 31, 2019

Pallone-Thune TRACED Act Provides More Tools to Stop Illegal Robocalls .

Pallone-Thune TRACED Act Provides More Tools to Stop Illegal Robocalls

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Kelly Cole
Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

It may seem like there’s not much that unites all Americans these days. But if there’s something all Americans can agree on, it’s that there are far too many robocalls. While recognizing there may be some helpful ones, like from your child’s school or your pharmacy, most robocalls are annoying and unwanted nuisances  

The good news is that this week, the President signed legislation that gives the wireless industry and the FCC more tools to fight illegal robocalls 

The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act does three important things: 

  1. Enables the FCC to ensure implementation of a digital fingerprint for calls, such as the SHAKEN/STIR framework, which will help restore confidence in Caller ID informationand gives wireless providers more tools to block unauthenticated calls; 
  2. Empowers the FCC with more enforcement tools to stop illegal robocalls at the source; and 
  3. Encourages a “whole of government” approach to combating illegal and unwanted robocalls at the federal and state level. 

This law is going to make it easier for the FCC to build cases against illegal robocallers, as well as the enforcement tools necessary to discourage would-be bad actors. It’s also going to help the wireless industry’s ongoing efforts to develop authentication technologies that can confidently block robocalls and offer wireless consumers predictive information about whether calls are likely spam. 

We thank President Trump, Senators Thune and Markey and Representatives Pallone, Walden, Doyle and Latta for their leadership and commitment to protecting consumers from illegal and unwanted calls. Heading into the new yearthe United States is taking a big step to help in the fight against robocalls. That’s something that everyone can—and should—celebrate.   

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