FCC to Allow Companies to Block Robocalls

(Bloomberg) — The Federal Communications Commission’s chairman proposed letting telephone companies block robocalls without first getting customer permission, helping squelch a growing scourge that has millions of people dodging unwanted calls.

“The American people are fed up with illegal robocalls,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a news conference. “We need to make it easier for phone companies to block these robocalls.”

Under Pai’s proposal, the FCC would step away from decades of insisting that the phone network connect nearly all calls, and move into pressuring phone companies to protect consumers. The changes need approval in a vote by the full commission set for June 6.

Many voice providers have held off developing and deploying call blocking tools by default because of uncertainty about whether such tools are legal under the FCC’s rules, the agency said in a news release Wednesday.Read more posts Agency News or read the original

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