IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
August 1, 2019
Mr. Manchin (for himself and Mr. Jones) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
To require the Federal Communications Commission to promulgate regulations requiring voice service providers to provide consumers opt-out call-blocking programs by default and free of charge.
This Act may be cited as the
Stop Unwanted Calls for All Act.
In this section:
The term call-blocking program means a call-blocking program described in the Declaratory Ruling in the matter of Advanced Methods to Target and Eliminate Unlawful Robocalls, adopted by the Commission on June 6, 2019 (FCC 19–51; CG Docket No. 17–59).
The term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission.
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall promulgate regulations to require voice service providers to provide consumers opt-out call-blocking programs by default and free of charge.
Delayed implementation for small and rural providers
The Commission shall delay by 1 year the applicability of the regulations promulgated under paragraph (1) to small voice service providers and rural voice service providers, as defined by the Commission.
The Commission, in consultation with voice service providers, shall ensure that the call-blocking programs required under the regulations promulgated under paragraph (1) do not block calls that are exempted from the prohibitions under section 227 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 227).