U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, has introduced bipartisan legislation aimed at stopping robocall scams at the source. “The calls are beyond annoying,” Crapo said in a statement. “They are invasive and can be financially destructive.”
Crapo, a Republican, and Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, a candidate for president, jointly introduced the bill, the Data Analytics Robocall Technology, or DART, Act. It would set up a one-year pilot project authorizing the Federal Communications Commission to let local phone companies block any call that doesn’t pass an authentication check, meaning it’s “spoofing” or masquerading as a call that’s coming from a number different from its real source.
The bill, S. 2204, is a follow-up to another measure that passed the Senate with just one “no” vote in May, the TRACED Act, or Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act. That measure, S. 151, of which Crapo was one of 84 co-sponsors, required the authentication process and imposed increased penalties for scam robocallers, but didn’t take the step of actually authorizing the blocking of the calls.
“We’re told by the FCC that this is the best way to go after it,” said Lindsay Nothern, Crapo’s spokesman, “making an attempt to stop the calls at the source, and having the carrier be the responsible party.”
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