Statement From AG Yost on President’s Signing of Anti-Robocall Bill

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost issued the following statement regarding President Trump’s signing of the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence (TRACED) Act:

“I applaud the president and a nearly unanimous Congress for creating and signing into law the most important new tool in a generation to fight robocalls and fraud. The bipartisan support of this measure reflects just how widespread this nuisance has become. It’s time for these scammers to get the message – enough is enough.”

In March 2019, Yost and other state attorneys general voiced their support of the TRACED Act in a letter to the U.S. Senate. The new law targets illegal robocalls by requiring service providers to offer free, automatic call-blocking technology to consumers at the network level. The technology helps ensure that phone calls originate from secure, verified numbers, not spoofed sources.

Yost announced in August that a dozen service providers, including Verizon, Sprint and AT&T, agreed to implement the technology voluntarily as part of an initiative with his office and 50 other attorneys general.

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