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Trump signs law to reduce, Cuomo plans to ‘combat’ robocalls 2020

NEW YORK (AP) -- A new anti-robocalls law is expected to help Americans dodge many of the billions of robocalls they get each month promising lower interest rates or pretending to be the IRS.

President Donald Trump signed the measure late Monday.

It gives authorities more enforcement powers and could speed up measures the industry is already taking to identify robocalls.

It also bars phone companies from charging for blocking robocalls.

On Tuesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled that he plans combat robocalls in 2020.

In proposed legislation, Cuomo says telecommunications companies will be required to deploy technology to block robocalls. It will also penalize companies that do not comply with the states's "Do Not Call Law."

"New Yorkers pay good money for their phone service but are still being hounded by millions of robocalls every day," Governor Cuomo said in an official press release sent to 12 News.

"With this measure, we're saying to telecom companies - get off the sidelines and stop transmitting these harassing calls to your customers or we will hold you accountable," he said.

Associated Press

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