The ever-worsening scourge of robo-calls is receiving renewed attention in Congress, where top Democrats and Republicans this week are set to take an early step toward cracking down on scammers who prey on consumers’ phones.
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.
Hold on to your hats. The TRACED Act (S. 151), which encourages the FCC and other federal agencies to increase enforcement of the TCPA, is gaining serious bipartisan support. We’re heading into dangerous territory.
The Federal Communications Commission has levied millions of dollars in fines for tricking consumers with spoofed calls. Phone companies like Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. offer call-blocking tools and are working with law enforcement to crack down on scammers. Still, the number of robocalls received yearly are in the billions and rising.