I apologize for the fact that this post may be a little too US-centric for WATWB, but it has the potential to be such good news, that I had to share it. It’s a rare moment these days, when the US Congress and our President actually work together and try to do something good for the American people.
Ending Reducing the volume of Robocalls is certainly something that would be appreciated by all Americans, regardless of their political preference. I don’t care which politician(s) take credit (all of them will), as long as this new law has some impact.
“The legislation comes after Americans’ phones rang 5 billion times in the month of November due to robocalls alone – almost 2,000 calls per second – according to a May report by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. The report also estimated that nearly half of all calls to cell phones are scam robocalls.”
The legislation isn’t prefect, but it does put several good things into law:
“The key is requiring phone companies to help stop the calls before they reach the consumer and do it at no additional charge.”
Actually, I wouldn’t care if we had to pay a little bit for the service, especially since we still have a landline and some research appears to be required to extend the best benefits to those:
“The law also requires the Federal Communications Commission and service providers to develop a system which informs customers when they’re receiving a “spoofed” call – when the caller ID is made to look like it’s coming from the same area code, or a well-known agency, such as the Internal Revenue Service or company. That system, however, will not work for home phones connected to copper landlines, so the measure calls on the FCC and phone companies to find an alternative for those customers.”
Finally, the law addresses the activity that has been driving me crazy lately, spam text messages:
“Beyond robocalls, the law also directs the FCC to create new rules that will help protect subscribers from receiving unwanted texts too.”
There are many articles around about this legislation. Just search for “US Robocall Legislation” – My excerpts came from an NBC News story, located here. I don’t expect this law to solve all the problems, but it’s a start.
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