The Federal Communications Commission is taking new steps to block annoying robocalls. Last month alone, nearly 5 billion robocalls were made in the US. That's an average of 15 calls per American.
On Wednesday, FCC leader Ajit Pai proposed new tools to arm the phone companies.
"We have authorized carriers to block robocalls from certain spoof numbers and have authorized the creation of a re-assigned database," Pai said.
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. The FCC will now allow the Major Telephone Providers use technology to block unidentified or unwanted callers by default. Before, you had to sign up for the function. Consumers may also choose to receive calls only from phone numbers in their contact list.
The new call barring technology can track the origin of the call. If it is suspicious, the network operator can block the forwarding of the call. However, experts say that technology has limits.
"It's not clear if they can stop international robocalls, people who make robocalls are sophisticated and smart, and you'll find some ways to get around that," said Wired Editor-In. Chief and CBS News staff member Nick Thompson.
Between 60 and 75 billion robocalls are expected this year, compared to nearly 48 billion last year. The FCC is scheduled to vote next month on whether carriers should allow the blocking of robocalls.