FCC Votes to give carriers more power in blocking robocalls
Written by jordanmckamey on June 7, 2019
In a report from The Hill, the Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to allow phone carriers to block suspicious calls by default in an effort to bolster industry efforts to filter out robocalls and scammers.
The proposal would also let phone companies offer their customers the option of blocking any numbers that are not pre-approved, a service that could help protect elderly consumers from scams and telemarketers.
Critics of the FCC’s proposal say the agency should have gone further to ensure that wireless companies won’t charge consumers extra to protect them from robocalls, as some carriers currently do.
All five FCC commissioners voted to approve the order, though Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel and Republican Michael O’Rielly dissented against parts of the proposal.
The rate of robocalls has steadily increased. According to YouMail’s robocall index, 4.7 billion calls were placed in the U.S. in May, up from about 4.1 billion in June 2018.