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The scourge of robocalls is one step closer to being wiped out.
In a 429-3 vote, the House of Representatives passed on Wednesday a bill that would dramatically crack down on the billions in illegal phone calls into the United States of america.
The measure, sponsored by Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone, D-N. J., is focused on the strengthening of the Federal Communications Commission to take action against the illegal robocalling operations, in which all operators have to deploy technologies in order to ensure that the communication is authentic.
“We are very proud of the strong support of the bipartisan Stop the Bad Robocalls by Law to receive this year, and look forward to working with our colleagues in the Senate to produce a bill the President can sign into law,” to be the leading sponsor of the bill, said in a statement. “The American people are counting on us to help you with the robocall epidemic, and we will do it for them.”
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You can robocalls can be stopped? A new measure, which passed the House of Representatives that would help.
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In addition to requiring carriers to implement the technology, which checks to see if the calls are to be authentic in the measure, the FCC is to increase the penalties for illegal robocallers to $1,500 per violation, up to $10,000 per violation.
A similar measure in the Senate (97-1 earlier this year.
“I’m looking forward to working with my Senate partner, and my colleagues in the House to the conference on our robocall bills and send legislation to the president. Consumers deserve relief,” said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., one of the principal sponsors in the Senate, an anti-robocall bill, in a statement on Twitter.
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