Ajit Pai Tells Telecom to Come Up with Plan to Combat Robocalls By 2019
Roughly 5.1 billion robocalls were placed in just October of 2018 in the U.S. -- that’s about 15.8 calls per person and 170.4 million per day, according to the Robocall Index. FCC Chairman Ajit Paiwants them to stop. On Monday, he sent letters to the heads of AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Google, and others calling on them to adopt a call authentication system that would combat illegal caller ID spoofing -- and he wants the system in place no later than next year. Pai called "combating illegal robocalls" the top consumer priority for the FCC and warned that if the companies do not act, the FCC will. “[W]e need call authentication to become a reality—it’s the best way to ensure that consumers can answer their phones with confidence. By this time next year, I expect that consumers will begin to see this on their phones. ... If it does not appear that this system is on track to get up and running next year, then we will take action to make sure that it does," he said. More here.