FCC could give phone companies ability to block robocalls before they annoy you
You could soon experience fewer robocalls. In a ruling from the Federal Communications Commission, steps may be taken to reduce the number of robocalls to your cell phone before they reach you.
This ruling will allow phone companies to detect, and analyze robocalls and then block them from bombarding consumers' phones.
Last year, on your smartphone 48% of the calls that an individual received were robocalls.
Jim Winsett with the Better Business Bureau says the bad news is it's not going to get any better. Next year, robocalls are projected to be at 52%.
US Telecom, an organization that represents large cell phone providers, is working to decrease the number of robocalls making it through to your phone.
Patrick Halley says they are working to make a difference. “Using technology that can authenticate the call being made from a real phone number, and a spoofed phone number,” said Halley.
The first part of this declaratory ruling would allow voice service providers to use call-blocking services by default.
Jim Winsett says even if this ruling passes, it could still take some time to see some reduction. “The ability to totally eliminate Robocall type activity just does not exist within technology today,” said Winsett.
According to YouMail, Chattanoogans receive an average of 18 robocalls a day.
Channel 3's Consumer Technology Reporter, Jamey Tucker, says adding your number to the Do Not Call Registry may not reduce the chance of getting a robocall.
“They are not going to get phone calls from actual reputable businesses that will abide by the do not call registry,” said Jamey Tucker.
Halley says this ruling to have phone companies block spoofed calls by default is a step in the right direction. He also says more legislation is in the works to increase the punishment for those making the robocalls.
“As a part of what's called the telephone consumer protection technology act, there are $10,000 per call violations which can add up over time,” said Halley.
Usually, the winter season increases in telemarketer scams, but right now we are having a high influx of this activity.
If this passes on June 6, cell phone companies can start offering call-blocking services by default to reduce the number of robocalls that consumers receive.
In the meantime, here is some information to help you add your number to the do not call registry.