Robocalls

Bill to limit robocalls passes House by near-unanimous vote

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A bill to crack down on robocalls passed in the House by a 417-3 vote on Wednesday, in a rare display of bipartisanship amid a divided Congress.

The big picture: The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act would combat robocalls by requiring phone providers to verify the source of calls and allowing users to block those sources for no additional cost. It would also strengthen the Federal Communications Commission's ability to order the Justice Department to organize a working group to ensure robocall violations are prosecuted, Politico notes.

Americans received a record number of robocalls in October

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People in the U.S. received more than 2,000 robocalls a second in October, CNBC reports. That's a record, and a 25% hike over September's numbers.

Be smart: Cell phone carriers are offering services to help consumers deal with the phenomenon. The number of robocalls has topped 49 billion this year, according to CNBC.