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House To Dial In on Robocalls

The House Energy & Commerce Committee Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing April 30 on legislation to "Stop the Onslaught of Annoying Robocalls."

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Along with closing the digital divide, attacking the "scourge" of unwanted robocalls arguably tops the list of issues of concern to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai.

It is high on the list of legislators who hear from their constituents about the issue.

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“The robocall epidemic is only getting worse. Americans are understandably demanding action to stop these annoying, and often fraudulent, calls,” said House Energy & Commerce Committee chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Rep. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.), chairman of the Communications Subcommittee. “It’s time for Congress to act, and next week we will discuss legislation that will protect consumers, stop the abusive practices of robocallers and better restrict unauthorized calls.”

Comcast and T-Mobile last week announced a partnership to combat robocalls.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.