Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), along with Senators Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), has introduced a bill in the U.S. Senate to amend the Federal Trade Commission Act to eliminate the common carrier exemption for telecommunications companies. The bill is called “Robocall Elimination At Last Protecting Every American Consumer’s Ears Act of 2018” or the “REAL PEACE Act of 2018” (S. 3668).
The legislation finds that “illegal robocalls and spam calls are a growing annoyance and problem for the people of the United States;” and that exemptions within the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 41 et seq.) limit the enforcement capabilities of the Federal Trade Commission with respect to illegal robocalling and spam calling. S. 3668 would eliminate these exemptions.
S. 3668 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for consideration.