The FCC Wants Phone Providers to Block Robocalls Before Your Phone Even Rings





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Girl on PhoneToday the FCC Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed a rule change that would allow phone providers to block robocalls before your phone even rings. This comes as the FCC recently has been targeting robocalls with new rules and systems to block them.

“Allowing call blocking by default could be a big benefit for consumers who are sick and tired of robocalls.  By making it clear that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice service providers the legal certainty they need to block unwanted calls from the outset so that consumers never have to get them,” said Chairman Pai.  “And, if this decision is adopted, I strongly encourage carriers to begin providing these services by default—for free—to their current and future customers.  I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting this latest attack on unwanted robocalls and spoofing.”

The early response by phone companies has been very positive to the new rules.

“Verizon welcomes today’s announcement and the related work that the FCC and the industry have been doing to protect consumers from unwanted robocalls.  We know robocallers are annoying to our customers.  We’re working hard to implement innovative ways, like the STIR/SHAKEN standard, to stop these bad actors, and we’re glad the FCC is also focused on taking aggressive action and exploring new tools to protect consumers.   While there may not be a silver bullet that entirely ends these activities, we’re fully committed to fighting the scourge of robocalls.”

This new measure will be considered by the full Commission at its June 6 Open Commission Meeting.  If adopted, this ruling and any new rules would maintain strong protections against blocking of emergency calls.  In addition, consumers would be allowed to opt-out of any blocking services they do not want.

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