Butterfield Introduces a Bill to Address Unlawful Robocalls

Jun 24, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –Today, Congressman G. K. Butterfield introduced H.R. 3434, the Tracing Back and Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act of 2019.  The bill would require the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to publish an annual report on the telecommunication industry’s efforts to trace suspected illegal robocalls to their origins and provide a list of voice service providers who are not sufficiently participating in efforts to stop illegal calls.

“More than an occasional annoyance, the recent surge of robocalls have resulted in constant communication disruptions in hospitals, businesses, and our every-day lives, said Congressman Butterfield. These fraudulent calls are not only disruptive and annoying, they have the potential to expose citizens to costly financial scams.  The crooks behind these criminal calling operations are growing more sophisticated and efficient by the day.  Some can make thousands of calls to thousands of numbers in a matter of seconds. Unlawful robocalls cannot be allowed to continue unchecked, and that is why I am glad to introduce this legislation to identify these bad-actors so that proper action can be taken against this invasive practice.”

“Tracing scam robocalls back to their source is an important tool in the fight to protect consumers from this growing scourge.  We appreciate the bipartisan leadership of Reps. G. K. Butterfield, Bill Johnson, Darren Soto, and Greg Gianforte in introducing the Tracing Back and Catching Unlawful Robocallers Act of 2019 which recognizes and expands on industry-led efforts to root out illegal robocalls.”-NCTA, The Internet & Television Association


Full text of the bill can be found here.




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