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    Potentially good news for our American friends reading this... The Verge reports today that the U.S. Senate voted 97-1 in favour (favor) of a new bill that would better equip the FCC in their ongoing fight against robocalls:

    A bipartisan proposal, the TRACED Act was introduced by Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA). If passed, it would raise the fines the FCC is permitted to levy on robocallers, and increase the statute of limitations for bringing those cases. It would also create an interagency task force to address the problem, and push carriers like AT&T and Verizon to deploy call authentication systems like the pending STIR/SHAKEN protocols into their networks.
    In case you were wondering what STIR/SHAKEN is all about, it's an acronym that stands for "Secure Telephone Identity Revisited and Signature-Based Handling of Asserted Information Using Tokens"—or, in English, using digital certificates so that incoming calls on your phone can't use a spoofed number.

    As for the TRACED Act itself it now goes to the House of Representatives for final approval. Fingers crossed...!

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    Finally the end of the Robocalls.

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