Everyone hates them – those annoying, infinite, often fraudulent robocalls from scammers and telemarketers. Noteworthy day and night, they can bring you nuts no matter how carefully you screen your calls.
But this year, Americans can get some help. On Wednesday, the Federal Communications Commission announced plans to crack on robots. And Congress can pass its own proposals.
Under the FCC's plan, phone companies get permission – and encouragement – to block unwanted calls using the new "authentication protocol" technology. Telecoms are skeptical of doing so because existing rules allow them to make sure that all calls are passed, and they are afraid of unwittingly blocking important call requests.
But if companies continue to fight, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai told lawmakers, the agency looks at where New York's own senator Chuck Schumer says Congress has the "best chance "with the passage of two laws to destroy the robocallers.
Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) And John Thune (R-SD), the TRACED Act will speed up fines, give prosecutors more time to keep track of calls and requires phone companies to use the authentication protocol to filter calls. ] The House Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) is also pushing a bill to allow consumers to stop calls they previously authorized and to require incoming calls to display verified caller IDs.
Other ca proposals for the optional "white lists," allowing only prior approved callers to enter.
It's hard to think of anyone, except scammers and telemarketers, opposing such measures. No one wants to sell, say sales sales for new credit lines, let the scams affect you to send money.
Even robocalls that you do not answer will be painful. And it's impossible to stop: YouMail recommends you 47.7 billion robocalls nationwide last year, about 1
And it grows: Last year, the number of robocalls nationwide hit 57 percent last year.
Washington tried to defend this abuse before: It first launched the Do Not Call Registry in 2003. But overseas calls and "growth" such as fast auto-dialing and the ability to squeeze the caller ID has quickly made the registry almost useless.
FCC reports, Pai, are getting more complaints about robocalls than others. "Americans are full," he said.
That is enough to move Congress to the action of the two parties. The country needs effective measures – quickly, before we lose our minds.