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Editorial: The war on robocalls

In today’s highly partisan climate, anything that wins the near-unanimous backing of both Democrats and Republicans is definitely newsworthy.

Last week, President Trump signed the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act into law after it passed both the House (417-3) and the Senate (97-1) by overwhelming numbers. Yet, with news coverage focused on everything from the pending impeachment trial to the unrest in Iraq, the bill received scant attention.

 The support it received from all quarters shows that hatred of robocalls—those annoying pre-recorded calls seeking to scam us out of our money (while also disturbing our peace of mind)—transcends party affiliation. The new law increases fines on spam robocalls from $1,500 to $10,000 per illegal call. It also requires phone companies to speed up their adaptation of “call authentication technologies” to verify that incoming calls are legitimate before they ever make their...

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