FCC ‘regulatory intervention’ might come to fruition, if wireless carriers don’t get in gear over preventing spam and robocalls…
Ajit Pai, the Chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission warned major telecommunications corporations his agency will intervene if carriers don’t step-up the fight against robocalls.
Pai’s threat follows his earlier statement about the agency taking action to combat this problem in November of last year.
Federal Communications Commission Regulatory Intervention Threat Issued against Wireless Carriers
Wireless providers have responded to the chairman, to which Pai said:
“It’s time for carriers to implement robust caller ID authentication. Uniform adoption will help improve authentication throughout the network and make sure no consumer gets left behind.”
Americans received 26.3 billion spam calls last year alone. That’s up sharply, by 46 percent, over 2017. In fact, the Federal Trade Commission reports taking a whopping 500,000 complaints per month about spam calls.
Pai has repeatedly stated cracking down on spam and robocalls is a top priority of his. Likewise, lawmakers have passed more legislation to help combat the problem.
“American consumers are sick and tired of unwanted robocalls, this consumer among them. Caller ID authentication will be a significant step towards ending the scourge of spoofed robocalls.”
Carriers do offer more features to deal with the nuisance. Also, mobile application developers provide tools like Burner and Nomorobo to identify and/or block robocalls.