Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg urges Congress to take action against robocalls

PIERRE S.D. — Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg joined attorneys general nationwide in sending a letter to the U.S. Senate to enact the  Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act today. The legislation is sponsored by senators John Thune and Ed Markey.

Ravnsborg joined attorneys general from all fifty states and multiple U.S. territories in sending a letter to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

In their letter, they argue that the TRACED Act enables states, federal regulators, and telecom providers to take steps to combat these illegal calls.

The legislation will require voice service providers to participate in a call authentication framework to help block unwanted calls and creates an inter-agency working group to take additional actions to reduce robocalls and hold telemarketers and robocallers accountable.

More than 48 billion robocalls were made in 2018, making them the number one source of consumer complaints to the FTC and the FCC, and resulting in millions in consumer losses.

The state attorneys general work to enforce do-not-call laws and protect consumers in their states from being harassed and scammed by robocalls.

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