The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence
Act, or the TRACED Act, empowers the federal government with
new abilities to go after illegal robocallers. Once TRACED is
enacted, the Federal Communications Commission could fine
robocallers up to $10,000 per call. It also would require major
carriers like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to deploy a new
technology called STIR/SHAKEN into their networks, which will
make it easier for consumers to know if they’re receiving a call
from a spoofed number.
The House voted overwhelmingly to approve the measure earlier this
month, and Thursday’s unanimous Senate vote means the bill only
requires President Trump’s signature to become law. Rep. Mike
Doyle (D-PA) said that the bill should be signed into law within
the “next week or so.”
There aren’t many issues with overwhelming bipartisan support these days. Fury at robocalls is one of them.