The Federal Communications Commission is looking to get your phone to stop ringing from all those robocalls and scams.
You know the ones -- "Windows Support" that has been paid for has run out or medical devices that you never inquired about but the callers claim you did.
Currently, customers with either landlines or cellphones, have to opt in to the call blocks, USA Today reported.
The rule would allow companies to put into practice controls that many have already developed but haven’t rolled out because they were afraid the measures used to block calls would be considered illegal, CNN reported.
The proposed robocall blocking ruling would allow phone companies to block unwanted calls to their customers by default.— The FCC (@FCC) May 15, 2019
"Allowing call blocking by default could be a big benefit for consumers who are sick and tired of robocalls," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement.
The FCC is also looking into verifying the phone numbers that appear on caller IDs. Many scammers are spoofing numbers, using local area codes to get unsuspecting phone users to pick up a vaguely familiar number, CNN reported.
The measure will be voted on at the FCC’s meeting June 6, USA Today reported.
If you think you’ve been getting more robocalls, you are probably right.
A record 5.23 billion robocalls were made in March. The number fell slightly in April, USA Today reported.
FCC officials said the commission gets more than 200,000 complaints about robocalls annually.
Until blanket blocks are available by default, officials give these tips to get the calls to stop and what to watch out for:
FILE PHOTO: The Federal Communications Commission is proposing tougher rules for robocalls.