March 13, 2019
Just over two weeks into the 116th Congress’s session, two powerful, telecommunications-focused Senators have reintroduced a bi-partisan piece of legislation that, if enacted, would amend the TCPA to provide for more enhanced administrative enforcement powers and increased civil penalties.
On Thursday, January 18, Senator John Thune (R-S.D.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet, and Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), author of the TCPA, reintroduced the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (“TRACED”) Act (S. 151). Originally introduced in November 2018, the bill proposes several changes to the TCPA that, according to the Senators, are designed to ramp up enforcement against unwanted robocalls and text messages and “give the FCC more flexibility to enforce the law…”