AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson got interrupted by a robocall while on stage at an Economic Club event in Washington on Wednesday, proving that no one's immune from the tele-plague.
He declined the call and got a laugh from the audience, but the timing of the incident couldn't have been better. AT&T and Comcast on Wednesday announced they'llbetween networks to stem the tide of unwanted robocalls. Previously, such systems only worked on calls to and from the same provider.
That service followed the Federal Communications Commission demanding that carriersby the end of 2019 or face "regulatory intervention."
In January, a reportwere made in the US in 2018, a rise of 46 percent from the previous year.
AT&T didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.
First published at 3:37 a.m. PT.
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