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House Passes Anti-Robocall Bill

Robocalls are driving us all crazy. Most of us receive at least one call a day. Well, things will be changing thanks to the US House of Representatives.

According to the NY Post, in a near-unanimous vote last week of 417-3, the House passed a bipartisan bill that will create new technologies aimed at identifying robocalls before they reach your phone. The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence, or also known as the TRACED Act will now help the FCC, Federal Communications Commission create new phone authentication technologies that will increase penalties for illegal robocalls and help phone carriers block all robocalls.

All phone carriers will have a grace period before they have to start using the new authentication system. Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy at The Consumer Federation of American told the NY Post, “If it costs the carrier money to do this, people may see it reflected in their rates, but there’s not going to be a separate charge for doing this caller-ID authentication.”

Now it is up to the Senate and President Trump to approve the bipartisan bill so phone carriers can combat these types of phone calls.

Though this is a big deal for those of us who have received a number of robocalls. This will not stop them completely, we are just in the beginning phase.

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