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Senator introduces QUIET Act to increase punishment for illegal robocalls

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ALBANY, N.Y. — Senator Charles Schumer announced the QUIET Act of 2014 on Thursday.

The QUIET , or Quell Unnecessary, Intentional, and Encroaching Telephone Calls, Act would raise fines and impose punishments on telemarketing companies that violate current Federal "do not call" rules.

According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in Upstate New York in 2013 there were 131,491 complaints of robocalls from residents on ‘do not call' lists, up from 40,639 complaints in 2010. 

In addition to seeking higher penalties, Schumer is also calling on the FTC, the FCC and phone companies to work together to develop the technology to prevent Caller ID spoofing and to identify illegal robocalls before they get to consumers.

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