I need to start this article by saying that very little irritates me more than automated calling. These calls are a nuisance and waste both time and resources. More to the point, these calls are often associated with potentially illegal and “scam” offerings.
In March the FCC approved a proposed rule that makes it difficult for robocallers to use software to hide their identity by spoofing caller ID numbers. This trick also allows robocallers to get around the Do Not Call registry by making it difficult to block callers who use fake Caller ID numbers to conceal their actual area codes.
Ajit Pai, the FCC chairman appointed by President Trump, called robocalls a “scourge” in a blog post earlier this month. He noted that an estimated 2.4 billion robocalls are placed to Americans each month.
The FCC’s approach was developed in partnership with a “robocall strike force” of tech, cable and telecom companies formed last year. Members include Apple (AAPL, Tech30), Google (GOOGL, Tech30), Microsoft (MSFT, Tech30), Verizon (VZ, Tech30) and AT&T (T, Tech30).
The rules probably won’t be finalized and approved for at least a few months.