If there is one thing that members of opposing political parties can agree on, it’s putting a stop to robocalls. It’s a problem that affects everyone who owns a phone— and it’s only getting worse.
Luckily, legislators are finally putting their heads together and their differences aside, in order to come up with new ways to fight unwanted calls.
What are Robocalls? Computers allow both businesses and scammers to program calls automatically. Essentially, robocalls are calls made by “robots”. Robotic calls are fast, cheap, and don’t require any human labor.
But this upturn in robocalls has resulted in bad actors making calls whenever and to whomever they want, regardless of the hour and wishes of the call recipient. Some of these bad actors attempt to fish for your personal information, or try to get you to make bogus “payments” to them. Worse still, FTC and FCC have little power to stop criminals from making thousands of these illegal calls every day.
Therefore, the senate is about to vote on new legislation that would allow the Federal Communications Commission to levy heavier fines on those who break telemarketing laws. Those fines could reach up to $10,000 per call.
The TRACED Act Called the TRACED Act, this legislation has already passed the full committee, and has the support of the attorneys general from all 50 states. The Senate vote will take place in the next few weeks.
Nowadays, at least 46 percent of all calls received in the United States are robocalls, according to the Federal Communications Commission. The majority of these calls are actually from legitimate businesses, and won’t be affected by the new legislation. However, these legitimate businesses are obligated to follow the rules, or face fines themselves.
In summary, the TRACED Act allows for “more time to find scammers, increases civil forfeiture penalties for those who are caught, promotes call authentication and blocking adoption, and brings relevant federal agencies and state attorneys general together to address impediments to criminal prosecution of robocallers who intentionally flout laws.”
Fighting Back There is still a long way to go in the fight against unwanted calls, but it’s a step in the right direction. However, you can protect yourself from robocalls with Call Control’s Community IQ technology, available now at CallControl.com.