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Text of the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2006

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on June 6, 2006 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 6, 2006 (Passed the House (Engrossed)).

This is not the latest text of this bill.

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109th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5126

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

AN ACT

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Truth in Caller ID Act of 2006.

2.

Prohibition regarding manipulation of caller identification information

Section 227 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 227) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsections (e), (f), and (g) as subsections (f), (g), and (h), respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (d) the following new subsection:

(e)

Prohibition on provision of deceptive caller identification information

(1)

In general

It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States, in connection with any telecommunications service or VOIP service, to cause any caller identification service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller identification information, with the intent to defraud or cause harm.

(2)

Protection for blocking caller identification information

Nothing in this subsection may be construed to prevent or restrict any person from blocking the capability of any caller identification service to transmit caller identification information.

(3)

Regulations

Not later than 6 months after the enactment of this subsection, the Commission shall prescribe regulations to implement this subsection.

(4)

Definitions

For purposes of this subsection:

(A)

Caller identification information

The term caller identification information means information provided to an end user by a caller identification service regarding the telephone number of, or other information regarding the origination of, a call made using a telecommunications service or VOIP service.

(B)

Caller identification service

The term caller identification service means any service or device designed to provide the user of the service or device with the telephone number of, or other information regarding the origination of, a call made using a telecommunications service or VOIP service. Such term includes automatic number identification services.

(C)

VOIP service

The term VOIP service means a service that—

(i)

provides real-time voice communications transmitted through end user equipment using TCP/IP protocol, or a successor protocol, for a fee or without a fee;

(ii)

is offered to the public, or such classes of users as to be effectively available to the public (whether part of a bundle of services or separately); and

(iii)

has the capability to originate traffic to, and terminate traffic from, the public switched telephone network.

(5)

Savings provision

Nothing in this Act may be construed to affect or alter the application of the Commission’s regulations regarding the requirements for transmission of caller identification information for telemarketing calls, issued pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (Public Law 102–243) and the amendments made by such Act.

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Passed the House of Representatives June 6, 2006.

Karen L. Haas

Clerk.