ACA Cast: Dissecting the TRACED Act


How the legislation aiming to mitigate illegal robocalls has evolved.

12/18/2019 8:00

President Donald Trump signed the TRACED Act into law Dec. 30, 2019.

Dempsey Leah Web

“Today we’re talking about the TRACED Act, which is a piece of legislation that ACA engaged with Congress on really for almost a year at this point,” Dempsey said. “We appreciate that Congress worked closely with us to improve the bill.”

Congressional leaders officially released an agreement on S.151, the Pallone-Thune TRACED Act, from the House and Senate aiming to mitigate “robocalls” Nov. 27; taking into consideration some changes addressing concerns of legitimate businesses in the accounts receivable management industry by removing problematic provisions concerning “consent revocation” and defining  “called party.” The legislation in its current form directs the FCC to engage in several rulemakings, and reports to Congress, on issues it has been examining over the past year including call blocking and call authentication.

Mark Brennan Web

“The bill that passed [in] the House was dramatically different from the original the Stopping Bad Robocalls Act. Mainly, it ended up being a bipartisan bill,” Brennan said. The original bill would have resuscitated some of the original Obama-era TCPA decisions and would have been harmful to businesses and consumers alike, he added.

Tune in to this comprehensive episode of ACA Cast for a recap of ACA’s advocacy with the TRACED Act, how we got here, and where we go from here.

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