Regulators give phone companies new tools to fight robocalls

Tali Arbel | June 6, 2019, The Philadelphia Tribune

NEW YORK — Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.

The Federal Communications Commission’s move could make call-blocking widespread and help consumers dodge annoying robocalls, which have exploded into a problem that pesters Americans on the level of billions of calls a month.

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Shapiro, other AGs seek new FCC rules to block more robocalls

Patrick Varine | Tuesday, October 9, 2018, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Virtually anyone can send millions of illegal robocalls and frustrate law enforcement with just a computer, inexpensive software and an internet connection, according to a coalition of 34 state attorneys general.

The coalition, led by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, on Tuesday called for the Federal Communications Commission to create new rules to allow telephone service providers to block more illegal robocalls being made to unsuspecting consumers in Pennsylvania and across the country.

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