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New York - Senate Passes Bill Meant To Combat Robocalls

Published on: May 23, 2019 03:00 PM
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In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 photo, Jen Vargas checks out an AT&T app on her cell phone at her home in Orlando, Fla. The app helps locate and block fraudulent calls although some robocalls still get through. (AP Photo/John Raoux)In this Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017 photo, Jen Vargas checks out an AT&T app on her cell phone at her home in Orlando, Fla. The app helps locate and block fraudulent calls although some robocalls still get through. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

New York - The Senate has passed a bill that aims to combat the illegal robocalls torturing Americans .

Though the measure wouldn’t eliminate all unwanted calls, it would give regulators more tools to go after scammers. It would also push phone companies to adopt new technology to combat fake phone numbers popping up on caller ID.

The Senate passed the bill 97-1 on Thursday. It’s not clear what will happen in the House, where Democrats in charge have their own anti-robocall proposals.

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The bill has support from the telecom industry and consumer groups, a rare combination.

As scam call volume rises, the Federal Communications Commission is trying to nudge phone companies. The nation’s communications regulator will vote in June to allow carriers to block scam calls by default for customers.



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 May 23, 2019 at 04:41 PM Anonymous Says:

It better include non-profits. If they are made an exception, this bill will not help me a bit.

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 May 23, 2019 at 05:30 PM marck Says:

its about time !!! so annoying ! would like to know who was the one who voted no. maybe we should connect all robocalls to their number.

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 May 23, 2019 at 07:01 PM Sara Tonin Says:

These politicians are duplicitous phonies. They are among the worst offenders of robocalls in the weeks prior to an election. They disgust me.

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 May 23, 2019 at 10:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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Sara Tonin Says:

These politicians are duplicitous phonies. They are among the worst offenders of robocalls in the weeks prior to an election. They disgust me.

They run for office either every 2, 4, or 6 years. I know that this may include primaries, but it ain't that bad. I wish that would also stop. But the non-profits are sometimes 10-20 a day, and plague my phones both at work and home. They are so disruptive.

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 May 24, 2019 at 02:39 PM StevenWright Says:

The Senate passed the bill 97-1
Who is the genius that voted against it?

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