Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., has reintroduced a bill aimed at requiring mobile phone companies to provide robocall-blocking technology to their customers, Roll Call is reporting.
About 47.8 billion robocalls were made last year. About half the calls were from scammers, who pocketed an estimated $350 million from unsuspecting people, according to Roll Call.
Blumenthal first introduced the bill, known as the “ROBOCOP Act” last year. He now joins a number of other lawmakers who have introduced bills to crack down on robocalls.
"Every consumer deserves the tools and technology to block (the calls),” Blumenthal was quoted by WFUV. “There are tools to block robocalls. The carriers are failing to provide them free of charge."
The bill requires phone companies to authenticate caller ID. In addition, any company found to have engaged in scam, and spoof calls would be fined $10,000 for each call made.
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