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FCC votes on action and legal framework to fight robocalls

Robocalls have been on the rise. Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images
Robocalls have been on the rise. Photo: Maciej Luczniewski/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The Federal Communications Commission voted on a ruling Thursday that would combat robocalls that spoof legitimate, in-service numbers and provide a legal framework for phone carriers to carry out the action.

Why it matters: Robocalls are one of the most universally complained-about issues in the U.S., with a total of 48 billion made in 2018 alone, per YouMail Robocall Index. Most major wireless carriers have already promised to implement standards that verify if a call is real or if it comes from a computer.

Bill to restore net neutrality rules clears House committee

Two people stand next to a pro-net neutrality sign
Photo: Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call

A bill to restore net neutrality rules, rolled back by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017, passed out of the House Energy and Commerce Committee along party lines on Wednesday.

Why it matters: A vote on the floor of the Democrat-controlled House would raise the profile of this round in the net neutrality fight.

Go deeper: Read the bill