Just over a dozen wireless carriers have entered into an agreement to provide free call blocking to their mobile customers…
The United States federal government, including Congress, the FTC, and FCC, are all working to stop the onslaught of robocalls. Wireless carriers are also making strides to do the same. Now, thirteen carriers are agreeing to offer call blocking for free.
Over Ten Wireless Carriers Pledge Free Call Blocking
The wireless networks are starting to implement SHAKEN/STIR. (Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs and the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited standards.)
The agreement comes after AT&T and T-Mobile formed a partnership to verify phone calls between their networks.
The carriers include: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon, Bandwidth Inc., CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated Communications, Frontier Communications, and Windstream.
Last year, Americans received approximately 48 billion robocalls. This represented an increase of 57 percent over the previous year, in 2017. Right now, the average American receives 150 robocalls per year, with some getting as many as 16 to 20 per day.
With the nuisance only worsening, the House of Representatives recently passed legislation to block robocalls. Also, the US Federal Communications Commission voted to allow phone companies to block spam calls.
Now, the telecoms are likewise taking real action to battle the scourge of robocalls.