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S. 2431: Stop Unwanted Calls for All Act


The text of the bill below is as of Aug 1, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 2431

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 1, 2019

(for himself and Mr. Jones) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

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.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Stop Unwanted Calls for All Act.

2.

Call-blocking programs

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Call-blocking program

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).

(2)

Commission

The term Commission means the Federal Communications Commission.

(b)

Regulations

(1)

In general

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.

(2)

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.

(3)

Exempted calls

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).