On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced a new measure that would grant new capabilities to mobile telephony operators to block the growing number of unwanted telephone calls.
The new rule will require operators, such as AT & T, Verizon and T-Mobile, to automatically register their customers for call blocking technology. From now on, customers have to opt for their account. It would also allow customers to block calls from phone numbers that are not in their contact list. The commissioners are expected to vote on the measure at their meeting on June 6.
"Allowing default call blocking could be a great benefit for consumers who are tired of automatic calls," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. "By making it clear that such blocking of calls is allowed, the FCC will provide voice service providers with the legal security they need to block unwanted calls from the beginning so that consumers never have to receive them."
Robocalls is getting worse: According to reports, more than 48 billion robocalls were placed in the United States only in 2018.
Are you fed up with robocalls? The number of those frustrating calls is skyrocketing, but there could be some relief soon. @tomcostellonbc has an exclusive internal aspect of the new measures that are being taken to stop automatic calls pic.twitter.com/iqAAZ244bq
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Last November, Pai wrote letters to some of the prominent US operators. UU Requesting that they implement a couple of new call authentication protocols, STIR / SHAKEN, in their Networks later this year. Once they have been fully started, the protocols would notify clients when a call comes from a legitimate source and not from a counterfeit number. Today, Pai said the FCC is also looking to provide a secure port for operators to block unauthenticated calls.
This new robocall ad comes just an hour before the FCC commissioners are ready to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. First supervisory hearing of the year. The commissioners are expected to face intense questioning by lawmakers about their efforts to fight the violent attack, something that many members are trying to remedy themselves legislatively.
The majority of the United States Senate already supports the legislation of Senators John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA) that would make it easier for the FCC to request economic fines from robocallers and to provide regulators and the law additional tools to combat these unwanted and illegal calls.
Members of the House of Representatives such as Energy and Commerce President Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) also has its own legislation against theft that differs from what has been proposed in the Senate, but includes a similar language , how to increase the amount of time the FCC has to find and chase bad actors.