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Soon Robocallers Could Be A Thing Of The Past, As the House of Representatives Approves a New Measure

Aug 6, 2019 by CharismaticMannequin

Tired of robot spam calls? You could soon be waving goodbye to them, as the House of Representatives have approved an anti-robocalling measure, which could spell the end for these pesky phone calls.

“The Energy and Commerce Committee approved the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act unanimously last week and sent it to the floor, preparing it for today’s 429-3 vote. If it becomes law, the bill would make it easier for the government to impose tougher penalties on illegal robocallers and fraudsters and demand that carriers deploy call authentication tech like SHAKEN/STIR at a faster pace.” (The Verge)

Representative Frank Pallone expressed his thoughts in support of the bill, stating that “The rising tide of unlawful, unwanted robocalls started as a nuisance but now threatens the way consumers view and use their telephones…these calls are undermining our entire phone system, and that’s something we all need to take very, very seriously.”

So what exactly does this bill mean? Aside from banning or punishing the worst offending users of robocalls, it would mean the FCC would update its definition of what a robocall is; meaning many businesses would need to obtain the consent of customers before using robocalls to contact them. 

With such strong support for this vote, from both officials and the general public, I’d be very surprised if this didn’t pass into law. Phones are our personal contact devices, and it’s intrusive to receive such calls.

The sooner this becomes law, the better! Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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