The federal communications commission is taking new steps to block annoying robotic halls. Just last year, nearly 5 billion robocalls were made in the United States. There are on average about 15 conversations for each American.
Wednesday, FCC chairman Ajit Pai proposed new tools to get hold of the phone companies.
"We have authorized operators to block robo columns from certain spoof numbers, we have authorized the creation of a redistributed database," said Pai.
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The FCC will now allow major phone operators to use a technology to block unidentified or unwanted callers by default. Before you had to log in to the function. Consumers will also be able to log in to only receive calls from phone numbers in their contact list.
New call blocking technology will be able to track the origin of the call. If it is suspicious, the carrier can block the call from going through. But experts say the technology has limitations.
"It's not clear if it can stop international robokals. People who make robocalls are sophisticated and smart, they want to find ways to get around," said Wired editor-in-chief and CBS News contributor Nick Thompson .
This year, between 60 and 75 billion robocalls are expected to be made, up from nearly 48 billion last year. The FCC is scheduled to vote next month to allow carriers to block robocalls.