Major tech companies are joining forces with the Federal Communications Commission to come up with solutions to stop dreaded robocalls.
On Friday, the first meeting of the FCC's "Robocall Strike Force" met in Washington, DC. More than 30 companies including Apple, AT&T, Google parent Alphabet, Verizon and Comcast joined the discussion to help the government crack down on unwanted, automated, prerecorded phone calls from scammers and marketers.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson is heading up the group, which is expected to suggest concrete plans to develop and adopt new tools and solutions to protect consumers from these calls. Specifically, the group is expected to come up with Caller ID verification standards that will help block calls from spoofed numbers, which allows them to trick consumers into picking up calls because they think the calls are originating from legitimate numbers.
The group will report its findings to the FCC by October 19.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has said that robocalls from telemarketers and scammers make up the No. 1 complaint from consumers to the FCC. In July, he called on the industry to take action.