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Maloney Votes to Combat Robocalls and Abusive Telephone Scams

Jul 26, 2019
Press Release

Maloney Votes to Combat Robocalls and Abusive Telephone Scams

WASHINGTON – This week, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) helped pass the bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which will bring much needed relief to Americans threatened by abusive robocall practices. Last year, an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls were placed nationwide, an increase of 17 billion calls over the previous year.

“Nobody wants to be badgered by endless Robocalls and scam callers. This bipartisan bill will safeguard New Yorkers from the bad actors making these calls and give the Federal Communications Commission and phone carriers the tools they need to put an end to these abusive practices,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney.

The bipartisan Stopping Bad Robocalls Act:

  • Requires that phone carriers implement call authentication technology so consumers can trust their caller ID again, with no additional line-item for consumers, and includes a process to help rural carriers implement this technology;
  • Allows carriers to offer call blocking services to consumers, with no additional line-item charge, with important transparency safeguards to make sure important calls aren’t inadvertently blocked;
  • Directs the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue rules to protect consumers from calls they didn’t agree to receive and to ensure consumers can withdraw consent;
  • Requires the FCC to enact safeguards so companies can’t abuse robocall exemptions;
  • Ensures the FCC has the authority and the tools to take strong, quick action when it tracks down robocallers, including by extending the statute of limitations from one year to as many as four years for callers violating robocall prohibitions; and
  • Mandates the FCC submit a report to Congress on the implementation of its reassigned numbers database to make sure the Commission is effectively protecting consumers from unwanted calls.