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New legislation offered to help regulators fight illegal robocalls

Joe Mont | April 20, 2018

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) has introduced the Robocall Enforcement Enhancement Act of 2018, legislation intended to help the Federal Communications Commission prosecute violations of its rules on automated telemarketing calls, also known as robocalls, by increasing the statute of limitations for FCC action from one year to three.

 “If there is one thing Americans can agree on, it’s that robocalls often cross the line,” Schatz said in a statement. “With this bill, the FCC will have the time and authority it needs to keep abusive robocalls in check.”

Complaints about unwanted robocalls have rapidly increased in recent years. In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission received more than 4.5 million robocall complaints, an increase of over a million calls from the year before. The process of...

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