The House of Representatives today approved a new law to improve anti-robocalling technology. Stopping Bad Robocalls Act was unanimously approved by the Energy and Trade Committee last week and was sent to the house floor today, where it was adopted with 429-3 votes.
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As detailed by The Hill this bill, the Federal Communications Commission gives more power to take action against illegal summons, and will require all carriers to implement caller identification verification technology. According to the bill, carriers will not be able to charge for that verification function.
Legislation requires telephone companies to implement technology that verifies the caller without charging an additional fee to customers, while also extending the FCC's authority to impose penalties on entities sending spam calls.
The measure will give the FCC more time to investigate and punish illegal robocallers, demand the agency to divide the list of companies allowed to use robocalling services and raise the penalty for illegal robocallers to $ 10,000 per violation from $ 1,500. 19659006] Frank Pallone Jr., head of the Energy and Trade Committee, said today that the attack by robocalls affecting users "threatens the way consumers view and use their phones" and "undermine our entire telephone system."  The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act is approved by the House today, similar to the phone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement a n. Deterrence Act adopted by the Senate earlier this year.
A spokesman for the House Energy and Commerce Committee told The Hill that it would probably not be a formal conference committee to resolve disputes between the two laws. Instead, he said it would be "informal negotiations" during the August recess.
Whatever the reason, lawmakers have failed to adopt anti-tobacco proposals for several years. However, when both the house and the senate had adopted measures this year, it is likely that the congress may send a bill to the White House before the end of this year.
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