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Union Calendar No. 264


111TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION

H. R. 1258
[Report No. 111461]

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES


MARCH 3, 2009 Mr. ENGEL (for himself and Mr. BARTON of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce APRIL 13, 2010 Additional sponsors: Mrs. CHRISTENSEN, Mr. ADLER of New Jersey, Mr. BURTON of Indiana, and Mr. POLIS of Colorado APRIL 13, 2010 Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
[Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed in italic] [For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on March 3, 2009]

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A BILL
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information, and for other purposes.

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3 1 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 4


SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the Truth in Caller ID Act

5 of 2010. 6 7 8
SEC. 2. PROHIBITION REGARDING MANIPULATION OF CALLER ID INFORMATION.

Section 227 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47

9 U.S.C. 227) is amended 10 11 12 13 14 (1) by redesignating subsections (e), (f), and (g) as subsections (f), (g), and (h), respectively; and (2) by inserting after subsection (d) the following new subsection: (e) PROHIBITION
ON

PROVISION

OF

DECEPTIVE

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(1) IN

GENERAL.It

shall be unlawful for any

person within the United States, in connection with any real time voice communications service, regardless of the technology or network utilized, to cause any caller ID service to transmit misleading or inaccurate caller ID information, with the intent to defraud or deceive. (2) PROTECTION
FORMATION.Nothing FOR BLOCKING CALLER ID IN-

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in this subsection may be con-

strued to prevent or restrict any person from blocking

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the capability of any caller ID service to transmit caller ID information. (3) REGULATIONS. (A) DEADLINE.Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Commission shall prescribe regulations to implement this subsection. (B) CONSIDERATION
TIONS.In OF RELATED REGULA-

conducting the proceeding to pre-

scribe the regulations required by subparagraph (A), the Commission shall examine whether the regulations under subsection (b)(2)(B) should be revised to require calls that are not made for a commercial purpose to residential telephone lines using an artificial or prerecorded voice to deliver a message to transmit caller ID information that is not misleading or inaccurate. (4) LAW
ENFORCEMENT EXCEPTION.This

sec-

tion does not prohibit lawfully authorized investigative, protective, or intelligence activity of a law enforcement agency of the United States, a State, or a political subdivision of a State, or of an intelligence agency of the United States, or any activity authorized under chapter 224 of title 18, United States Code.

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(5) SAVINGS

PROVISION.Except

as provided

for in paragraph (3)(B), nothing in this subsection may be construed to affect or alter the application of the Commissions regulations regarding the requirements for transmission of caller ID information, issued pursuant to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (Public Law 102243) and the amendments made by such Act. (6) DEFINITIONS.For purposes of this subsection: (A) CALLER
ID INFORMATION.The

term

caller ID information means information provided to an end user by a caller ID service regarding the name or the telephone number of the caller or other information regarding the origination of a call made using any real time voice communications service, regardless of the technology or network utilized. (B) CALLER
ID SERVICE.The

term caller

ID service means any service or device designed to provide the user of the service or device with the name or the telephone number of the caller or other information regarding the origination of a call made using any real time voice communications service, regardless of the technology or

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6 1 2 network utilized. Such term includes automatic number identification services.. Amend the title so as to read: A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller ID information, and for other purposes..

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Union Calendar No. 264


111TH CONGRESS 2D SESSION

H. R. 1258

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to prohibit manipulation of caller identification information, and for other purposes.
APRIL 13, 2010 Reported with amendments, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

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