The Federal Communications Commission has passed a rule to give phone companies the power to automatically block robocalls, but it’s not all good news…
Robocalls are at the top of every pet peeve list. Approximately 48 billion went out last year alone, with 2.5 billion just in March of this year. In fact, robocalls are the top complaint the FCC receives. Now, the commission is doing something about them.
FCC Votes to Allow Phone Companies to Automatically Block Robocalls
Late last week, the Federal Communications Commission voted unanimously 5 to 0 to authorize phone companies to automatically stop robocalls.
Essentially, phone companies can now utilize existing technology and develop new technologies to prevent spam calls from going through to their customers.
(One example is SHAKEN/STIR or “Secure Handling of Asserted information using toKENs” and “Secure Telephony Identity Revisited” protocol. Basically, the system matches up known legitimate numbers from fakes. It essentially validates incoming phone numbers to ensure they originate from genuine sources.)
Additionally, the United States Congress is also moving to stop the nuisance. It’s reintroduced bipartisan legislation known as the TRACED Act or Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Defense.
But, the FCC vote, while giving phone companies the power to auto-block robocalls, doesn’t mean the service will come free to consumers. It’s possible phone carriers will charge customers for such services.