FCC robocall enforcement will begin in 2019, if wireless carriers don’t do enough to get the nuisance under control, the agency warns…
It’s really no secret that even the Chairman of the FCC and its commissioners alike are just as frustrated by robocalls as everyone else.
In September, Pai said the following in an interview about the topic of neighborhood spoofing (the practice of making solicitation and spam calls look like their coming from a local area code and prefix):
“…every now and then, even on my work Blackberry, I’ll see a call that seems to be coming . . . from the 202 area code, which is here in Washington — and then our prefix for these Blackberries. And I know for a fact that, you know, it’s probably not someone calling from the office. Sometimes, I answer just for the heck of it. And it’s– lo and behold, I’ve won a vacation.”
The FCC states it receives more than 200,000 complaints a year about these unwanted solicitations. What’s more, Americans got approximately 2.4 billion spam calls a month in 2016 alone, according to a FCC estimate. Since then, the problem has only gotten worse.
FCC Demands Mobile Carries Take Action Against Robocalls
The FCC sent out a tweet, reiterating its position on spam calls, demanding mobile carriers take real measures to combat the problem:
— The FCC (@FCC) November 5, 2018
The Chairman is referring to a call authentication technology which validates legitimate phone numbers on cellular networks. Simultaneously, it blocks or ignores the billions of spam calls which go out on a monthly basis. (That’s right, more than a billion per month.)
The FCC sent out letters to the major wireless providers. Additionally, the agency published a press release, which in-part reads:
“If industry starts to fall behind, the commission stands ready to ensure widespread deployment to hit this important technological milestone. And the commission is considering additional actions — such as authorizing voice providers to block the delivery of unsigned or improperly signed calls to consumers — that would stem the flow of illegally spoofed robocalls to American consumers.”
Carriers insist they are working hard to stop the nuisance. But, as everyone knows, these efforts are simply not enough.
How to Stop Neighborhood Spoofing Spam Calls
So, how exactly does one stop such calls? Well, wireless carriers are stepping-up their efforts to combat unwanted calls. Here’s how to stop neighborhood spoofing calls:
- AT&T Call Protect is an app which customers can download for Android or iOS.
- Verizon provides information and different options for stopping neighborhood spoofing spam calls.
- Sprint offers a subscription service to stop unwanted calls.
- T-Mobile also provides call identification and spam-blocking technologies.