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FCC allows phone companies to auto-block robocalls
2019-06-10
[NYPOST] The FCC voted Thursday to allow phone companies to block robocalls automatically for their customers.

The vote would allow phone service providers like Verizon to switch on technology that blocks robocalls, which have went kaboom! in number to about 5 billion a month nationwide.

The companies would not need their customers’ permission to block the calls.

The FCC expects companies to provide the service for free, but the vote doesn’t require them to do so. Service providers could start charging customers for the phone-blocking service, as some currently do for caller ID and other features.

FCC chairman Ajit Pai said Thursday that it’s in the best interest of the phone companies to offer the service free of charge.

"These robocalls that are being placed on their own networks are a hassle and a cost for them to handle," he said.

"There is one thing in our country today that unites Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, socialists and libertarians, vegetarians and carnivores, Ohio State and Michigan fans: It is that they are sick and tired of being bombarded by unwanted robocalls," Pai added.

Some carriers already allow phone-call blocking on an opt-in basis, but Sunday’s vote is expected to extend the blocking by making a default option.

After the vote, Verizon said that it would "evolve" its free call-blocking tool for its customers, but added they should not expect "short term across-the-board blocking."

Posted by:Fred

#2  And, who are the spammers buying their phone service from? Hmmmm?
Posted by: M. Murcek   2019-06-10 09:18  

#1  The racketeers at AT&T have a nice app for doing this. Even though I've been a customer since 1982, they won't let me use it on my Samsung phone because it's unlocked. Crooks...
Posted by: M. Murcek   2019-06-10 09:16  

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