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ROBOCOP Act: The Act to Stop Unwanted Calls Rises Again in Senate

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The act that would coerce service providers to enable customers to block unwanted automated and prerecorded robocalls was introduced two months ago by Jackie Speier, Congresswoman. Under the act, consumers would have the choice of whether or not they want to use a call blocker. The bill is currently lying indolently in committee. The reason cited by AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson, mentions that permission needs to be given from FCC and without its approval, robocall blockers cannot be deployed, which authorities have claimed to be wrong.

Chuck Schumer, New York Senator, announced at his weekly press event on Sunday that he would be reintroducing the ROBOCOP Act, which would instruct the FCC to necessitate that telephone service providers give their customers access to robocall-blocking technology without any charge.

“Despite the existing ‘Do Not Call’ registry, the robocall problem has returned in a serious way,” said Schumer. “It’s an epidemic that we’ve got to stop — whether it’s the landline or the mobile phone. It’s taking far too long for telecom companies to act.”

Chuck Bell from Consumers Union was also present to stand beside Schumer in demanding federal lawmakers do something about robocalls.

He said “Most Americans have signed up for the Do Not Call list, but the unwanted calls from telemarketers and scam artists have just gotten worse.”

The present mounting issue with robocalls is that the majority of them come from ID thieves and scammers, who care about very little about any laws against the practice. Most of these use spoofed numbers, which is legal if done without intention to defraud, such as protecting news sources. But it also makes it much more difficult for investigators to track culprits.

In spite of the availability of certain methods to reduce these calls, the number that has been deployed so far by telecom service providers on any large scale is very small.

Certain campaigns to end robocalls have been ongoing to compel companies to stop making excuses and block the infuriating robocalls.

Robocalls to be a Major Issue in 2016


The Indiana Attorney General’s office plans to address the growing problem of robocalls in 2016 by pushing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and phone companies to better address the issue. Unwanted calls, as well as texts, are one of the major complaints to the Indiana Attorney General’s office, with more than 13000 complaints filed every year.

Robocalls can be termed as automated calls and recordings you receive that companies or scammers generate with computers.

Greg Zoeller said, “In over an hour, they can blast out literally a million calls as we’ve really had a massive increase n robocalling.“ Zoeller also added it’s very difficult to find robocallers because most of them originate from outside of the United States. “I can’t stop an overseas call. I need help from the federal government,” said Zoeller. “If you react at all, if you don’t hang up immediately, they will definitely sell that to credit card companies and say they stayed on the line, they pressed one.”

Zoeller has recently joined 45 state attorneys general in calling on major phone companies like AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile to offer call blocking technology to various customers. Currently, some carriers are offering call-blocking, but such services often have limitations as they don’t offer more mass blocking options that would stop calls before the customer receives it. Zoeller confirmed that he has made plans to work with the FCC and other telecom providers in an effort to end illegal robocalls. In the meantime, the Attorney General said that you can ditch your landline which tends to get more unwanted calls.

Zoeller has warned the public not to engage in such robocall conversations or push any buttons. He has also advised hanging up as soon as possible as it will help you receive fewer calls because it won’t get registered.