The U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation approved the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act to combat robocalls and improve enforcement of the Communications Act. ABC News reports that the legislation would require major phone companies to employ technology that reports and confirms the origin of an incoming call and display whether the number has been verified. The technology is expected to cut down on the practice of “spoofing,” where robocalls are disguised with local numbers. Similar legislation, introduced in the House of Representatives last week by Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., would require the service to be provided for free.
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