Louisiana Congressman Seeks Pilot Program to Reduce Robocalls

Legislation from U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves focuses on calls in violation of federal communications laws.

2/8/2019 12:45 PM

Louisiana Congressman Seeks Pilot Program to Reduce Robocalls

U.S. Rep. Garrett Graves, R-La., reintroduced legislation in the 116th Congress that would require the Federal Trade Commission and Federal Communications Commission to set up a pilot program to reduce robocalls.

According to a discussion draft of the legislation, the FTC and FCC’s “robocaller bounty pilot program” would reduce covered calls in violation of the Communications Act of 1947 or the do-not-call registry established under section 3(a)(3)(A) of the Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act.

It would need to be established not later than 180 days after enactment of the legislation.

Requirements for the pilot program also include:

  • Provide monetary compensation for the identification, and prevention of covered calls;
  • Develop an expeditious process for participants in the pilot program to submit an expedited background check, as determined by the FTC, in consultation with the FCC, and approval for participation into the program;
  • Develop a fee sharing structure for participants to share in funds recovered from violations related to a covered call in addition to payment for participation in program;
  • Award competitive contracts as necessary to manage the pilot program and for addressing the vulnerabilities identified as a consequence of the pilot program; and
  • Solicit interested persons, including the private sector, about the structure of the pilot program and constructive feedback.

Within 90 days after the pilot program is complete, the FTC and FCC will submit a report on its progress to the House Committees on Energy and Commerce, the Judiciary of the House of Representatives and the Committees on Commerce, Science and the Committees on Commerce, Science and Transportation and the Judiciary of the Senate.

Read the complete discussion draft here. ACA International will continue to follow this legislation.

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