AT&T CEO interrupted by a robocall during a live interview

At an Economic Club event in Washington, DC, AT & T CEO Randall Stephenson was interrupted on stage by a robocall, stopping an interview in front of dozens of people and driving home that no one is safe from. the spam epidemic. 19659002] In recent months, the regulators of the Federal Communications Commission have been feeling the pressure from lawmakers and consumers who urge them to put an end to the relentless onslaught of robocalls that people receive every day. Last year, consumers received more than 26.3 billion of these fraudulent calls and the problem seems to be getting worse.

"I'm also getting a phone call," Stephenson said during the Economic Club event, which finally turned down the call from his Apple Watch. "It's literally a robocall."

Lawmakers such as Sens. John Thune (R-SD) and Ed Markey (D-MA) introduced bipartisan legislation that would work to mitigate the number of calls, but there is no There has been no similar reaction from the FCC to combat the problem. FCC chairman Ajit Pai has repeatedly threatened some form of regulatory intervention if operators such as AT & T and Verizon do not adopt a solution, but he and the commissioners have yet to propose new rules for operators.

After the rejection of consumers, operators like AT & T, Verizon and T-Mobile offered a free spam filter for calls, but as Stephenson can now attest, there is no difference. Today, AT & T and Comcast announced the nation's first "nation-wide" authentication system, which is a good step in the right direction.

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