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Tech Companies Unite for Robocall Bust

Olivia Long - August 20, 2016 - 11:18 AM
Tech Companies Unite for Robocall Bust
The world's top tech companies, among them Apple and Google, have joined forces to take down automated calls.

(CCM) — Over 30 of the world's major technology and communications companies have banned together to get rid of, what they are calling, "robocalls," or automated, prerecorded phone calls. The coalition — which includes tech and communications bigwigs, like Apple, Google, AT&T, and Verizon — is going by the name of the "Robocall Strike Force," and it had its first ever meeting at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), according to reports by Reuters. Tom Wheeler, the FCC's chairman, complained that robocalls are the primary reason for customer complaints and called them "scourge [that is allowed to continue] due to industry inaction."

The "Robocall Strike Force," which counts carriers, device makers, operating system developers, network designers, and the government among its list of supporters, hopes to deliver a report to the FCC by Oct. 19 detailing its plan to implement improved Caller ID verification standards to help block incoming calls from fake phone numbers. It is also considering a "Do Not Originate" list that would make it impossible for spoofers, who are usually telemarketers or scam artists, to impersonate legitimate phone numbers.

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