Robocalls targeted with $10,000 fines in new federal legislation
Are robocalls annoying? If you think so, you’ll want to get behind new federal legislation that would raise the $1,500-per-call penalty for illegal robocalls to $10,000, and give the Federal Communications Commission three years after a call instead of one year to take action.
The would-be Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act was introduced in Congress on Nov. 15 by Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., and Ed Markey, D-Mass. It’s been assigned to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which Thune chairs and on which Markey serves.
The company YouMail estimates 5.1 billion robocalls were received in October. That’s more than twice January’s total. The new bill not only would raise fines for violators but might also help stop robocalls from reaching you at all. It would make phone service providers authenticate calls, filtering out scammers, before letting them through to your phone.