According to a report from The Hill, this new bill would effectively give the FCC approval to take action against illegal robocalls. “The measure would give the FCC more time to investigate and punish illegal robocallers, require the agency to pare down the list of companies that are allowed to use robocalling services and raise the penalty for illegal robocallers to $10,000 per violation from $1,500.”
It would also require carriers to implement anti-robocalling technology without charging customers. “The legislation requires telephone carriers to implement technology that verifies caller identity without charging customers an extra fee, while extending the FCC’s authority to impose penalties against the entities that send spam calls.”
Previously, the FCC had made it so that carriers could enable anti-robocalling features by default. Previously, carriers sold anti-robocalling features that meant that customers had to pay to enable it, which meant that those who didn’t were subject to more robocalls than those who did. This new bill should help even things out.