The United States Federal Communications Commission is now proposing rules and tools that would help to reduce robocalls…
Even though the FCC has been waging a war against robocalls for years, the problem persists. Now, the agency is proposing changes which would make it legal for phone companies to block unwanted calls by default.
FCC Proposes New Rules and Tools to Block Robocalls by Default
If the proposals go through, it could give carriers lawful means to block spam calls. Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated a declaratory ruling which would provide permission for carriers to build out new call blocking measures.
Additionally, it would allow consumers to take prevention a step further by giving consumers the power to prohibit calls from numbers which aren’t on their contact lists.
Right now, carriers like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and others are developing a technology called 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.
However, the FCC now realizes carriers aren’t bringing all their resources to the table because it was unclear if the companies have the right to create certain call blocking tools under FCC rules.
Now, Pai says the following:
“By making it clear that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice service providers the legal certainty they need to block unwanted calls from the outset so that consumers never have to get them.”
Americans received 26.3 billion spam calls last year. That’s up sharply, by 46 percent, over 2017.
The FTC reports it receives nearly 400,000 robocall complaints per day. That works out to an astounding 146 million per year.