H. R. 5207

To direct the Federal Communications Commission to establish an interagency taskforce on unlawful robocalls.

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117 HR 5207 IH: Foreign Robocall Elimination Act

U.S. House of Representatives

2021-09-10

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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 5207

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 10, 2021

Mr. Budd

(for himself,

Mr. Gottheimer

,

Mr. Bishop of North Carolina

, and

Mr. Webster of Florida

) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To direct the Federal Communications Commission to establish an interagency taskforce on unlawful robocalls.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the

Foreign Robocall Elimination Act

.

2.

Interagency taskforce on unlawful robocalls

(a)

Establishment

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Federal Communications Commission, in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General, shall establish an interagency taskforce on unlawful robocalls.

(b)

Membership

(1)

In general

The taskforce shall be composed of the following members:

(A)

A representative of each Federal agency that the Federal Communications Commission, in consultation with the Federal Trade Commission and the Attorney General, considers appropriate, to be appointed by the head of such agency.

(B)

Three representatives of private-sector entities, to be appointed as described in paragraph (2)—

(i)

one of whom is a representative of a provider of telephone service; and

(ii)

two of whom are representatives of other private-sector entities with expertise in combating unlawful robocalls and who may be technologists and technology experts.

(2)

Appointment of representatives of private-sector entities

The members of the taskforce described in paragraph (1)(B) shall be jointly appointed by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, and the Attorney General. If the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, and the Attorney General cannot reach agreement regarding such an appointment, as determined by the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission shall make such appointment.

(c)

Study

(1)

In general

The taskforce shall conduct a study on unlawful robocalls, including the most effective ways to combat unlawful robocalls made into the United States from outside the United States.

(2)

Matters to be studied

In conducting the study required by paragraph (1), the taskforce shall—

(A)

compare the number of unlawful robocalls made within the United States and the number of unlawful robocalls made into the United States from outside the United States;

(B)

examine methods for encouraging adoption of caller authentication technology in foreign countries;

(C)

examine and provide information on options for countries to share caller authentication information for international calls;

(D)

examine how technical solutions such as caller authentication technology would improve coordination between the United States and foreign countries in combating unlawful robocalls;

(E)

examine ways to incentivize foreign countries to cooperate with United States law enforcement efforts to combat unlawful robocalls;

(F)

examine ways to incentivize providers of telephone service to take measures to combat unlawful robocalls placed across international borders; and

(G)

examine whether or not additional resources are needed by any Federal agency that combats unlawful robocalls or any other organization that combats unlawful robocalls, in order to more effectively combat unlawful robocalls made into the United States from outside the United States.

(3)

Collaboration with private sector

In conducting the study required by paragraph (1), the taskforce shall collaborate with technologists and private-sector innovators, including through the members of the taskforce appointed under subsection (b)(2), to find solutions for combating unlawful robocalls.

(d)

Report to Congress

Not later than 10 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the taskforce shall submit to Congress a report on the findings of the study required by subsection (c)(1).

(e)

Termination

The taskforce shall terminate on the date that is 90 days after the taskforce submits the report required by subsection (d).

(f)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Federal agency

The term

Federal agency

has the meaning given the term

agency

in section 551 of title 5, United States Code.

(2)

State

The term

State

means each State of the United States, the District of Columbia, each commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States, and each federally recognized Indian Tribe.

(3)

Taskforce

The term

taskforce

means the taskforce on unlawful robocalls established under subsection (a).

(4)

Unlawful robocall

The term

unlawful robocall

means a telephone call made in violation of—

(A)

section 227(b) of the Communications Act of 1934 (

47 U.S.C. 227(b)

); or

(B)

a similar law of a State or a foreign country that prohibits calls made using an automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice.