NEW YORK, N.Y. (CBS) — Last year, Americans were bombarded with nearly 48 billion unwanted calls. Today, Federal Communications Commissioner Ajit Pai is proposing new tools to arm the phone companies.
“We’ve authorized carriers to block robocalls from certain spoof numbers, we authorized the creation of a reassigned database,” said Pai.
The FCC will now allow the major phone carriers to use a technology to block unidentified or unwanted callers by default. Before you had to opt-in to the feature.
Consumers will also be able to opt-in to receive calls only from phone numbers in their contacts list.
New call blocking technology will be able to trace the call’s origin if it’s suspicious the carrier can block the call from going through, but experts say the technology has limitations.
This year between 60 and 75 billion robocalls are expected to be made. Up from nearly 48 billion last year. On June 6, the FCC is scheduled to vote on whether to allow carriers to block robocalls.