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Federal Robocall Legislation Update

Not much has been heard about the status of efforts to resolve differences between the US-Senate–passed TRACED Act, S. 151, and the House-of-Representatives-approved Stopping Bad Robocalls Act, H.R. 3375. Both bills were approved by wide margins, but as the Congressional year has wound down will there be – with all else transpiring on Capitol Hill – a robocall bill to send to the President this year?

Trade press reports this week are, in effect, that there may be light at the end of the tunnel, and soon. House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Mike Doyle (D–PA) was quoted as saying, “I think we have agreement” on a compromise bill and “there’s no reason why we shouldn’t see it” by the end of this month.

On the Senate side, it was reported that Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chairman of the Senate Communications Subcommittee, spoke of progress in negotiations nearing a conclusion to develop a compromise. He was quoted as believing that it might be possible to pass a bill by Thanksgiving, although cautioning that things tend to take longer than they should.

TCPAWorld will report and analyze the final result of Congressional negotiations and what the legislation will mean for all TCPA stakeholders.

Stay tuned.

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Paul Besozzi, Squire Patton Boggs, telecommunications attorney
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Paul Besozzi concentrates in the wireless, broadband and emerging technology areas. His extensive experience of more than 30 years in the telecommunications field includes regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation matters for clients ranging from wireless service and infrastructure providers to resellers of long-distance service, including cellular, personal communications services, specialized mobile radio, point-to-point microwave, advanced wireless services and other emerging wireless technologies.

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