The Federal Communications Commission is taking new steps to block annoying robotic halls. Just last month, nearly 5 billion robocols were manufactured in the United States. There are on average about 15 calls for each American.
On Wednesday, FCC president Ajit Pai proposed new tools to eradicate telephone companies.
"We have authorized carriers to block robokals from certain spoof numbers, we have authorized the creation of a redistributed database," says Pai.
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The FCC will now allow the majority of telephone carriers to use a technology to block unidentified or unwanted rings by default. Before you had to choose the feature. Consumers will also be able to choose to only receive calls from phone numbers in their contact list.
New call barring technology can track the origin of the call. If it is suspected, the carrier may block the call from going through. But experts say the technology has limitations.
"It is not clear if it can stop international robotics. People who make robokalls are sophisticated and smart, they will figure out some ways to get around it," says Wired editor-manager and CBS News contributor Nick Thompson.
This year, between 60 and 75 billion robocalls are expected to amount to nearly 48 billion last year. The FCC is scheduled to vote next month on whether carriers should be able to block robots.