WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- On Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill to crack down on illegal robocalls. Robocalls are automated, spam calls that bombard millions of Americans each year.
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-GA) talks about new bill aimed at cracking down on robocalls. (Source: GrayDC)
The ‘Stopping Bad Robocalls Act’ aims to toughen penalties and require telecom service providers to adopt call authentication technology.
Carter says the technology is there but the authority wasn’t – until now.
The U.S. Senate approved similar legislation this year. Last year, Carter says there were almost 50 billion robocalls made in the U.S., and this year, already 30 billion calls have been made. Carter says that’s about 90 calls per person.
Carter says he receives many complaints about robocalls, and that it’s a top concern expressed to his office out of every issue.
Earlier this summer, the FCC updated its guidance to providers to clarify that they could automatically block suspected robocalls for consumers. The consumers and legitimate callers can appeal that decision if they believe a call was mistakenly blocked.
Carter says hospitals are being inundated with robocalls, and in GA, there was one hospital that received 4,500 robocalls in a two-hour period. This gets in the way of their ability to respond to urgent, patient calls.