Washington, D.C. (WBEN) - A Senate committee this week advanced legislation that would levy a heavy fine on illegal robocalls.
In 2018, as record 48 billion robocalls were placed to phones in the U.S. That works out to 1,500 robocalls per second, which is 56% more robocalls than there were in 2017.
The Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act, introduced by Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass.), would give the federal government the power to slap offenders with fines of up to $10,000 per call.
The measure advanced by the Senate Commerce Committee on Wednesday is the most significant piece of legislation to address the issue.
Last month, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai warned phone service providers that if they don't crack down on "spoofed" caller IDs from robocallers, the agency will “consider regulatory intervention."
A Spoofed call is when the number that shows up on your caller ID is deliberately falsified and appears to be a local number.
Gilman said she has heard from people who have received spoof calls from their very own phone number.