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Something we all can get behind...
Posted by: Joins hands, love train ()
Date: May 15, 2019 04:39PM

U.S. Poised to Let Phone Companies Block Robocalls

FCC wants to give telecom carriers more leeway to manage unwanted calls

May 15, 2019 12:41 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON—Responding to widespread consumer complaints, the Federal Communications Commission says it will take steps to give phone companies permission to block unwanted robocalls.

Americans get billions of unwanted phone calls annually, making it the No. 1 complaint received by the FCC. But carriers have long been wary of blocking robocalls for fear of breaking the regulator’s call-completion rules that require phone companies to make sure calls reach their intended recipient.

“The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls,” FCC chairman Ajit Pai told reporters Wednesday, saying the agency aims to make it easier for phone companies to block them.

Illegal robocalls, often containing recordings of scammers posing as a government agency, computer support technician or insurance salesperson, have exploded in recent years thanks to low-cost technology that allows for auto-dialing and obscuring a call’s origin. Stopping them has proved difficult in part because bad actors are hard to identify and punish and in part because some robocalls are legal, others are illegal and still others are simply unwanted.

Mr. Pai said the commission has scheduled a June 6 vote on a measure that would assure phone companies that block unwanted calls won’t run afoul of federal rules. The agency said it would enable phone companies to analyze their network traffic to spot and block robocalls. They could let customers create so-called white lists of approved callers and block all other incoming calls.

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Re: Something we all can get behind...
Posted by: It’s about time ()
Date: May 15, 2019 09:51PM

These scammers are lower than Democrat Politicians.

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Re: Something we all can get behind...
Posted by: HVC6X ()
Date: May 15, 2019 09:57PM

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Re: Something we all can get behind...
Posted by: Herbert Kornfeld ()
Date: May 16, 2019 08:04AM

I hope you people aren't falling for this?

They have that ability now.

If you live anywhere in this area you should know this is just an effort to generate soundbites for voters. Nothing is changing.

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Re: Something we all can get behind...
Posted by: Not everything is a conspiracy ()
Date: May 16, 2019 08:09AM

Herbert Kornfeld Wrote:
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> I hope you people aren't falling for this?
>
> They have that ability now.
>
> If you live anywhere in this area you should know
> this is just an effort to generate soundbites for
> voters. Nothing is changing.

I'm reading the OP article.

Yes, they (the telecoms) have the technical capability now. Do they have the legal justification to do it now?

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Re: Something we all can get behind...
Posted by: African soldier ()
Date: May 16, 2019 10:19AM

It's just like anything else with scammers and the public. They'll pay a little more or feign legitimacy. Nothing will get blocked.

What happened with the Do Not Call list? How did that work?

Just another feel good measure to pretend they are doing something.

from the article...

"Stopping them has proved difficult in part because bad actors are hard to identify and punish and in part because some robocalls are legal, others are illegal and still others are simply unwanted."

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