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FCC Votes to Give Carriers More Power to Block 'Robocalls'

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FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai (Bill Clark/AP)

Thursday, 06 June 2019 11:18 AM

Phone companies can now block unwanted "robocalls" by default after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday voted for that as policymakers grapple with billions of annual deceptive and annoying calls.

"There is one thing in our country that unites Republicans and Democrats," FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, according to The Washington Post. "They are sick and tired of being bothered by unwanted robocalls."

The FCC also voted to allow carriers to let companies block any calls not on a consumer's contact list if they opt in. Apple Inc announced this week its revised iPhone operating software will give consumers ability to allow only calls to ring from numbers in contacts, mail, and messages and send all others to voicemail automatically.

FCC commissioners conceded the vote will not end all unwanted calls and urged carriers to take further steps to block them.

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The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Thursday voted to allow phone companies to block unwanted "robocalls" by default, as policymakers grapple with billions of annual deceptive and annoying calls.
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