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TCPA Legislative Update — Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Increase Fines for Spoofing

A bipartisan group of four senators led by Susan Collins (R-ME) introduced a bill that would increase the fines for callers who unlawfully “spoof” their caller ID information. Spoofing is a technique often used by callers making illegal robocalls designed to trick recipients into answering their phone. Spoofers will mask their caller ID information to appear to be calling from a government agency, well-known business, or someone in the recipient’s area to establish trust and convince the recipient of the call to provide financial and other personal information. The Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act of 2021 would double the fines currently permitted under the Communications Act. The current civil forfeiture penalty for each violation would increase from $10,000 to $20,000, or three times that amount for each day of a continuing violation. The current $1,000,000 maximum penalty for any continuing violation would increase to $2,000,000.

The Anti-Spoofing Penalties Modernization Act of 2021, S. 594, has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, of which two of the bill’s co-sponsors, Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), are members.

©1994-2021 Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 75
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Russell H. Fox, Communications Attorney, Mintz Levin, Regulatory Approvals
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With over 35 years in the wireless telecommunications industry, Russell is among the most experienced wireless communications attorneys in the country. Unique among his peers, Russell assists clients on federal legislative, regulatory, and transactional matters. He analyzes legislation on behalf of clients, participates in proceedings before the FCC and other federal agencies, negotiates spectrum agreements, and represents wireless providers in spectrum auctions. He is also frequently consulted on matters involving US spectrum use and policy.

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Jon focuses his practice on a wide range of legal challenges facing companies in the communications and media industries. He regularly advises clients on transactional, regulatory, and compliance issues before the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) involving wireless, broadband, broadcast, and cable matters. In addition, Jon advises broadcast and print media clients on FTC and state-specific advertising rules and advises broadcast companies on Television Spectrum Repack and FCC license requirements. 

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