FCC to propose rules that would block robocalls

Posted at 1:47 PM, May 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-15 15:47:35-04
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CNN – The Federal Communications Commission has announced a proposal that would limit unwanted robocalls.

If approved, the plan could go into effect later this year and would allow carriers to apply robocall blocking technologies to customer accounts automatically.

Companies have been working on multiple techniques to stop spam callers, but many have been hesitant to release them because they fear the technology could be considered illegal by regulators.

Last year, Americans received more than 26 billion robocalls, a 46% increase from 2017, that’s according to a study by the Seattle-based spam monitoring service Hiya.

Spoofing has made it difficult for authorities to sort out which robocalls are illegal and which robocalls are spoofed for a legitimate reason.