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H.R. 5126 (109th): Truth in Caller ID Act of 2006

The text of the bill below is as of Apr 6, 2006 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 5126


April 6, 2006

(for himself, Mr. Engel, Mr. Simmons, and Mr. Reichert) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


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


Short title

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


Prohibition regarding manipulation of caller identification information

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


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


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


Prohibition on provision of inaccurate caller identification information


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, unless such transmission is exempted pursuant to paragraph (3)(B).


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.




In general

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



The regulations under this paragraph shall exempt from the prohibition under paragraph (1) transmissions in connection with authorized activities of law enforcement agencies.



For purposes of this subsection:


Caller identification information

The term caller identification information means information provided 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.


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.


VOIP service

The term VOIP service means a service that—


provides real-time 2-way voice communications transmitted through customer premises equipment using TCP/IP protocol, or a successor protocol (including when the voice communication is converted to or from TCP/IP protocol by the VOIP service provider and transmitted to the subscriber without use of circuit switching), for a fee;


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


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



Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, subsection (f) shall not apply to this subsection or to the regulations under this subsection.