The Federal Communications Commission is taking new steps to block annoying telephone calls. Only last month, almost 5 billion automatic calls were made in the US. UU On average, that equals about 15 calls for every American.
On Wednesday, the president of the FCC, Ajit Pai, proposed new tools to arm the telephone companies.
"We have authorized operators to block automatic calls from certain fake numbers, we have authorized the creation of a reassigned database," Pai said.
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The FCC will now allow major telephone companies to use technology to block unidentified or unwanted people by default. Before having to opt for the function. Consumers may also choose to receive calls only from phone numbers in their contact list.
The new call blocking technology will be able to trace the origin of the call. If it is suspicious, the operator can block the call. But experts say that technology has limitations.
"It's not clear if you can stop international calls to theft, people who make calls to theft are sophisticated and smart, they'll find some ways to avoid it," said Wired editor-in-chief and CBS News contributor Nick Thompson.
This year, it is expected that between 60 and 75 billion calls will be made, compared to 48 billion last year. The FCC is scheduled to vote next month on whether to allow operators to block automatic calls.