President Trump Signs Tougher Robocall Law

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Consumers will soon be able to identify and block unwanted robocalls thanks to bi-partisan legislation signed into law by U. S. President Donald Trump.

Under the TRACED Act,  phone companies will make available free, easy-to-use call blocking and labeling tools for smartphone mobile and residential VoIP customers.

The law also requires phone companies to authenticate calls using STIR/SHAKEN technology to combat illegal robocalls made by companies who spoof their phone numbers to appear to be someone else.

“I want to thank the President for his strong support of this bill,” said Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai.

“And I thank the American people for never letting us forget how fed up they are with scam, spoofed robocalls. It’s their voices that power our never-ceasing push to fight back against the scourge of robocalls and malicious spoofing.”

The new federal law compliments and codifies many of the consumer protection terms contained in a robocall agreement made between 12 phone companies and 51 states’ attorneys general last year.