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FCC Could Soon Let Phone Companies Block Robocalls

We've got the 4-1-1 so you can let them know where you stand, and protect yourself from phone scams.

The Federal Communications Commission has unveiled a proposal that would give phone companies the permission and power to block robocalls, CNN reports. The plan, if approved, would let carriers use technology to automatically block robocalls from customer accounts.

The FCC appears to be responding to the uproar over cell phone robocalls, which went up 46% last year, to over 26 billion calls. While some phone companies have been working on ways to stop spam calls, they were concerned that regulators would consider their blocking technology illegal.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai says his proposal should put those fears to rest. "Allowing call blocking by default could be a big benefit for consumers who are sick and tired of robocalls," Pai said in a statement.

The FCC's proposal would give carriers permission to use technology to sort out your real calls from the annoying fake ones.

Carriers have already been looking at things like verifying that the owner of a phone number is actually making the call. T-Mobile and Xfinity are working to verify calls between their networks with technology would alert you when a call is being electronically generated, not made by a person.

What can you do? Let the FCC know what you think about this proposal.

  • Click here for the toll-free number and address to file what they call an "informal" complaint, saying that you're tired of getting these calls and want them to stop. It doesn't cost anything.
  • Click here if you have a specific complaint about what you believe to be an illegal call or text.
  • Click here for excellent tips to keep you from being scammed by robocallers. For example, did you know you should never questions over a robocall, especially those that can be answered with "yes?"
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