The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act is a bipartisan bit of legislation that’s going to make life difficult for the villains behind robocalls. The President of the U.S. signed it into law.
TRACED Act is of utmost importance because robocalls are an annoying tech threat. Through spoofing and targeting, scammers place many calls to irritate and scam the vulnerable. The new law is an effort to put end the robocalls. However, it won’t stop the practices at once. Still, it provides some useful tools to regulators’ toolboxes. Here is a summary of TRACED Act:
- Requires an FCC rulemaking that protects the users against scam texts calls.
- Extends FCC limitations on fines and robocall offenses.
- Requires an annual FCC report related to robocall enforcement and allows to recommend legislation.
- Stops carriers for charging beyond service and protects them from mistakes.
- Requires adopting a timeline of the framework to prevent call spoofing.
- It opens the doors for the courts to prosecute offenders.
- It requires the attorney general to form a task force to prosecute offenders.
- Establishes some studies to ensure that the rules work and the different parties give appropriate feedback.
Many voices have also come in support of the new law, for example, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer applauded the enforcement of the law.
The FCC fined AT&T $5.25 million for the Nationwide outages last year. Now, the regulatory authority has praised the TACED Act. Moreover, the FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said, “I praise the Congress for working in a bipartisan manner against ID spoofing and illegal robocalls. I also thank the President for the flexibility that this law provides us. I am also happy that, now, the agency has heavy limitations through which we can trail the scammers. Moreover, I welcome the removal of warning which we gave to the robocallers before imposing penalties on them.”
“I also thank the American public for helping us and not letting us forget how fed up we are from scammers. Their voices will give us the power to fight against spoofing and robocalls.”
This new law isn’t magic. There are limitations on the FCC as to the things it can do and how quickly it can act. Even hefty fines such as the $120 million one didn’t have much effect on the industry. Moreover, the commissioner, Jessica Roseworcel, said that the fine was a wasted effort.
Let’s hope that the new TRACED Act has a bigger effect. We will find soon enough as the mobile industry grows and starts applying the law to their problems. However, it will take months to see any significant change. Still, the TRACED act is a step in the right direction.
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