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Illegal robocallers could be punished under a new House bill


Under the new bill, carriers would have to provide services that block robocalls at no cost to customers. (Pictured here: AT&T's Call Protect) 

A bipartisan bill passed in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday would require phone carriers to offer free robocall blocking services to customers and give the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Justice permission to punish illegal robocallers. The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act passed by a vote of 417-3, and will now move on to the Senate. 

Americans received nearly 50 billion robocalls last year -- nearly 50% of which were from scammers, according to a ...


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