Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced today that Congressional sponsored legislation that would allow robo-callers to target cell phones has been withdrawn.

Attorney General Miller stated,

“This victory drains what would have been a flood of nuisance telemarketing robo-calls to Iowa’s cell phone owners,” Miller said.  “This now dead proposal made it clear that we need to strengthen the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) due to changes in technology to provide stronger consumer protections.”

The news came after attorney generals and consumer advocates across the nation sent a letter to the chairman of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, asking for the legislation to be pulled. The letter asked Congress to oppose the “Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011” (MICA) that would have amended the Communications Act of 1934 and would have allowed for commercial robo-calling to cell phones.