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Robocall summit is FCC's latest step to stem the scourge

What have carriers been doing to stop the onslaught of robocalls? Tune into the FCC's workshop to find out.


The Federal Communications Commission is hosting a Robocall Summit all day Thursday to detail the progress major phone companies have made in implementing technology and policies to stop incessant robocalls

The nation's four major wireless carriers will be there, along with industry experts. The people at the workshop all have a hand in developing the technology standard for SHAKEN/STIR, a protocol that would validate whether calls are originating where they claim to be coming from and would allow for faster tracing of illegal calls to find out who's responsible for them. 

The number of robocalls, which use autodialers and recorded messages to achieve high volumes, has exploded in recent years. Americans received 47.8 billion robocalls last year, according to an FCC report released in February. Nearly 50% of those calls were from scammers. The FCC said 60 percent of the complaints it receives each year are about robocalls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been leading an effort to "stop the scourge of illegal robocalls."

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Often the numbers that show up in caller ID are "spoofed," meaning appear to belong to friends or neighbors. These calls hide the real number to trick people into answering the call. The FCC has adopted some policies to reduce the number of calls people get. The agency is now allowing wireless carriers to automatically block calls suspected of being unwanted robocalls. Congress is also stepping in to ensure the agency has what it needs to give its policies teeth. 

The FCC is hosting a series of panels at its headquarters in Washington DC on Thursday. To follow the workshop in real time, you can tune into the FCC livestream.