H. R. 5095
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 5, 2006
Mr. Engel (for himself and Mrs. Wilson of New Mexico) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce
To prohibit deceptive altering or disguising of caller identification on outbound telephone calls.
Telephone caller identification fraud prohibited
Not later than 270 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Federal Trade Commission shall promulgate a rule under section 18(a)(1)(B) of the Federal Trade Commission Act (15 U.S.C. 57a(a)(1)(B)) to prohibit, as an unfair or deceptive act or practice, making any outbound telephone call that alters, masks, or disguises, or employing any technology to alter, mask, or disguise, the automatic number identification of the caller, with the intent to deceive the person to whom the call is made.
For purposes of the rule required by this Act—
automatic number identification means the 10 digit telephone number used by a telecommunications carrier to determine the telephone number of the calling party on any outbound telephone call, such as is used to provide telephone customers with caller identification services; and
telecommunications carrier has the meaning given such term in section 3(44) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 153(44)).