A Bipartisan Bill That Could End Our Robocall Hell Just Passed the House 429-3

The Stopping Bad Robocalls Act passed the U.S. House of Representatives by a nearly unanimous vote, with only two Republicans and one independent voting against the bill. Gizmodo reports: The bill, sponsored by Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, prescribes strict regulations around the use of automatic telephone dialing systems or other artificial or prerecorded messages. The bill specifically requires any entity making robocalls to first obtain the consent of those being called. The bill also requires the creation of reliable mechanisms whereby consumers can withdraw their consent. Emergency services and certain non-commercial entities would be exempt from the new regulations, which would be enforced by the Federal Communications Commission. If passed, the law would also prohibit phone companies from passing on the cost of robocall enforcement to consumers in the form of line-item charges. The bill now heads to the Senate where it’s expected to pass without hardly any resistance.

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