On Tuesday, Federal Trade Commission (FTC) of the United States working along with the 25 states and local agencies came unveiling its efforts to clear out the issue of robocalls. The program started after approval of a bill by a congressional panel to further proceed on eliminating undesired calls.
In the crackdown process named “Operation Call it Quits,” about 94 actions were being made public, as said the FTC, aiming individuals, companies and groups involved in making billion calls using miscellaneous products and services. The money-making opportunities, rate reduction in credit card interest and alert system for medical treatments was also included in those services being targeted.
In a news release by FTC, the agency said that state and local bodies including the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and attorney generals from 15 states are also participants in that crackdown.
To combat robocalls, a bill was went through a process of voice voting on Tuesday to got approved by a U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce subcommittee, after which phone companies are now required to be providing consumers with technology to identify the incoming calls and allowing them to block such calls at their will. The bill succeeded to get approval after a last week agreement on the bill by leaders from both Republican and Democratic parties, following identical measure to combat robocalls approved by margin of 97-1 in the Senate last month.
The “Stopping Bad Robocalls Act” of the House requires phone service providers to implement free of cost technology to authenticate the incoming calls for consumers and providing them option to block such calls.
This month, the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) also come step forward allowing phone carrier companies with blocking of robocalls upon the instructions of users to do so.
The FCC previously had a limited authority to act against robocalls, but the new bill, among other actions, also empowered the FCC to enforce regulations against robocalls.