The United States vs. Robocalls
On December 31, 2019, the most significant anti-robocall legislation in fourteen years was signed into law. The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act increases the penalties for transmitting illegal calls under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”), extends the FCC’s statute of limitations for bringing some enforcement actions and eliminates the requirement to give warnings before issuing certain filings. But most significantly, the TRACED Act requires all voice service providers to implement SHAKEN/STIR, a technical feature of telephone networks that will make it easier to identify the originators of illegal calls. Kelley Drye continues to closely monitor this, and other TCPA developments. Click here to read our advisory and summary of the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act. You can find additional coverage at Kelley Drye’s Legal Download, where Partner Steve Augustino discusses what an illegal call really is, highlights of the TRACED Act, and what’s next for the FCC. Be sure to subscribe to Kelley Drye’s Full Spectrum podcast, which features our “Inside the TCPA” series, and check out our monthly TCPA Tracker newsletter, which helps you stay current on TCPA (and related) matters, case developments and provides an updated comprehensive summary of TCPA petitions pending before the FCC.