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Phone carriers may soon be able to block all calls from robocallers' carriers

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  1. joplin
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    You may have wondered why phone companies haven't already been blocking calls coming from known bad actors. The reason is that they weren't legally allowed to block calls until they met certain...

    You may have wondered why phone companies haven't already been blocking calls coming from known bad actors. The reason is that they weren't legally allowed to block calls until they met certain criteria. (I believe this is part of what gives them common carrier status.) That criteria will be expanded, soon:

    Under the change, the FCC said carriers can block calls "from bad-actor upstream voice service providers that pass illegal or unwanted calls along to other providers, when those upstream providers have been notified but fail to take action to stop these calls." Carriers that impose this type of blocking will get a safe harbor from liability "for the unintended or inadvertent blocking of wanted calls, thus eliminating a concern that kept some companies from implementing robust robocall blocking efforts."

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    teaearlgraycold
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    I'm surprised to see Pai's name on good news. Not surprised that this is the news it's attached to. This is an easy win for the big players in American telecom. Doesn't cost them a cent and makes...

    I'm surprised to see Pai's name on good news. Not surprised that this is the news it's attached to. This is an easy win for the big players in American telecom. Doesn't cost them a cent and makes everyone happy.

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    1. joplin
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      Yeah, and unfortunately, it's also weaker than saying they must block them, or that they must do it for free. But at this point, I'll take what I can get since the Republican-led FCC is so neutered.

      Yeah, and unfortunately, it's also weaker than saying they must block them, or that they must do it for free. But at this point, I'll take what I can get since the Republican-led FCC is so neutered.

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