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Foxx Votes for the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act

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Washington, July 24, 2019 | comments

WASHINGTON – Today, the House passed H.R. 3375, the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, which will combat unwanted robocalls by implementing a nationwide caller authentication system. At no cost to consumers, carriers will identify robocallers and provide the option to block robocalls. Americans will be able to trust that the number they see on their caller-ID is actually the person calling them. The bill also requires the FCC to recognize the burdens of adopting new technology to authenticate caller-ID information and to address the barriers that carriers face, especially in rural areas.

Rep. Foxx stated, “As a long-time supporter of increased regulation over robocalls, I was very pleased to support the passage of the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act today, which includes a provision I worked on to protect consumers from “one-ring” scams. Most robocalls are already illegal. This bill provides the teeth needed though to finally get unwanted robocalls off our phones and crack down on the bad actors behind these terrible nuisances.”

  • The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) received 232,000 consumer complaints of unwanted calls in 2018, a more than 34 percent increase since 2015.
  • Last year, an estimated 47.8 billion robocalls were placed nationwide, an increase of 17 billion calls over the previous year. 
  • YouMail estimates that there were nearly 48 billion robocalls in 2018, a 64 percent increase since 2016. 
  • First Orion predicts that this year 44.6 percent of all calls to mobile phones will be scam calls.  

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U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is Republican Leader of the House Committee on Education and Labor.

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