Attorneys General go after Robocalls

Robocalls are the number one consumer complaint in North Dakota and nationwide.

That is why North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem and 54 other attorneys general nationwide are urging Congress to take action against robocalls. 

They want Congress to take action by passing the TRACED Act. 

The measure would require telephone providers to verify a call is legitimate before connecting it to a person. 

It would also increase the FCC’s maximum penalty from $1,500 per call to $10,000 and extend the statute of limitations for charges. 

Nationwide, more than 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018. 

The TRACED Act also:

  • requires telephone service providers to adopt authentication technology to verify a call is legitimate before connecting it to a consumer’s phone,
  • requires the FCC to adopt rules to help protect subscribers from receiving unwanted calls or text messages, 
  • broadens the scope of the FCC’s enforcement authority and extends the statute of limitations to give them up to three years after a robocall is placed to pursue the violators,
  • increases the FCC’s maximum penalty to $10,000 per call, from $1,500.  
  • creates a working group that will explore, in consultation with state attorneys generals, additional actions to reduce robocalls and hold telemarketers and robocallers accountable.

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