Robocalling is cost effective because of the extremely low cost of VOIP services, limited federal capability to control VOIP services, and unlimited or low cost landline (traditional and VOIP) and mobile calling programs. The simplest way to stop robocalling is to make operating a robocalling service cost prohibitive. The easiest way to do this is to apply a nominal tax per call to landlines (traditional and VOIP) and mobile calling. The nominal fee could be so small so as not to be of concern to an individual customer, but given the volume of calls made by robocalling services would make such services cost prohibitive. As for legitimate volume calling by legitimate businesses, political parties, charities, and health care providers, the cost of the tax could be a tax deduction or tax credit. It could even be made a tax deduction or credit to individual taxpayers. Further, any collected taxes not requested back by a legitimate entity or individual could be placed into the US treasury or toward FTC funding to continue to improve telephone governance. The government already taxes landlines (traditional and VOIP) and mobile calling systems, so adding a nominal additional tax per call would be easy, much easier then adding new equipment either into the home or into phone company systems.

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