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Blumenthal unveils ‘Robocop’ bill to deter robocalls

Connecticut Post logo Connecticut Post 5 days ago By Alexander Soule
Richard Blumenthal wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal unveiled on Monday a bill dubbed Robocop that would require phone companies to verify the accuracy of caller ID numbers and provide customers with free technology to block robocalls. © Provided by Hearst Newspapers

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal unveiled on Monday a bill dubbed Robocop that would require phone companies to verify the accuracy of caller ID numbers and provide customers with free technology to block robocalls.

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal unveiled on Monday a bill dubbed Robocop that would require phone companies to verify the accuracy of caller ID numbers and provide customers with free technology to block robocalls.

The Repeated Objectionable Bothering of Consumers on Phones is the second robocall bill Blumenthal (D-Conn.) has before the U.S. Senate, after the proposed Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act. If put into law, the TRACE bill is designed to promote call authentication and blocking and stiffen penalties among other measures.

Connecticut had the seventh highest rate of robocall complaints in the country in 2017, according to the Federal Communications Commission.

Alex.Soule@scni.com; 203-842-2545; @casoulman

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