The DO NOT CALL Act has been introduced in the House of Representatives to create stricter penalties for illegal robocalls, including time in prison. This legislation, Deter Obnoxious, Nefarious, and Outrageous Telephone Calls Act of 2023, was originally introduced in the previous term and is now reintroduced. If passed, the law would increase penalties for violations of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TPCA) Act of 1991 as follows:
- Violators shall be imprisoned for not more than 1 year.
- Any person who willfully and knowingly violates this section shall be imprisoned for not more than 3 years, fined, or both, if:
- The person has previously been convicted
- The offense involved:
- More than 100,000 calls in a 24-hour period, or
- 1 million calls in a 30-day period or
- 10 million calls in a 1-year period
- Loss to 1 or more persons aggregating $5,000 or more during any 1-year period.
- Penalties for inaccurate caller ID information (spoofing) shall be increased from $10,000 to $20,000.
H.R.800 was introduced by Rep. David Kristoff (TN-08) and cosponsored by Rep. Deborah Ross (NC-02).
Televergence will continue to keep you updated on progress related to this legislation.
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