FCC might make it a requirement for carriers to block robocalls by default

Not a fan of receiving spam calls, especially from robocalls?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone, and more recently, carriers such
as Verizon have started to
roll out anti-robocalling filters
for its customers for free.
Prior to that, the carrier had charged its customers a monthly
subscription fee for the usage of the feature.

For the most part, it is still pretty much up to carriers to
decide if they want to introduce such features to its customers,
but the good news is that if you’d rather not wait around on
carriers to do the right thing, the FCC has your back. In a

post on the FCC’s website
, it seems that FCC Chairman Ajit
Pai is looking to propose a new set of rules that will make the
blocking of robocalls on a carrier level a default.

“Allowing call blocking by default could be a big benefit for
consumers who are sick and tired of robocalls. By making it clear
that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice service
providers the legal certainty they need to block unwanted calls
from the outset so that consumers never have to get them.”

What this means is that customers will not need to ask whether
or not their carrier supports the blocking of robocalls or if they
need to opt-in on the feature. Instead, customers will be opted-in
by default and will actually need to opt-out if they don’t want
to take advantage of these filters (although we can’t really
imagine why).

Pai’s proposal also suggests that these blocking tools are to
be made for free to all customers. This will not be enforced, but
it is something that will be encouraged. Whether or not these new
rules will be adopted remains to be seen, but we certainly hope it

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Source: FS – Phones
FCC might make it a requirement for carriers to block robocalls by default