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Trump Signs Act Adding Penalties for Robocalls

President Donald Trump signed an act on Dec. 30 aimed at deterring robocalls.

The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, or S. 151, adds a forfeiture penalty for violations of the prohibition on certain robocalls.

It also requires voice service providers to develop call authentication technologies and mandates the Federal Communications Commission to create rules outlining when a provider can block a voice call based on info from the technologies.

Another part of the bill requires the commission and the Department of Justice to assemble an interagency working group to study and report to Congress on how to better enforce against robocalls by examining issues like the types of laws, policies, or constraints that could be inhibiting enforcement.

“This historic legislation will provide American consumers with even greater protection against annoying unsolicited robocalls. American families deserve control over their communications, and this legislation will update our laws and regulations to stiffen penalties, increase transparency, and enhance government collaboration to stop unwanted solicitation. President Donald J. Trump is proud to have worked with Congress to get this bipartisan legislation to his desk, and even prouder to sign it into law today,” the White House said in a statement.

Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.) authored the bill.

Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) speaks at a press conference in Washington in a file photograph. (Alex Edelman/Getty Images)

“I have yet to meet someone who says they enjoy receiving those unwanted and illegal robocalls that plague our phones, whether were at home, at work, or in the car, which is why the TRACED Act takes several important steps in the fight to curb this scourge,” Thune said in a Dec. 19 statement after the Senate passed a modified version of the bill.

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