Suppose you are in an important meeting or are driving your car or expecting an important call, suddenly your phone rings and on the other side, there is a voice offering you some product. This is a big annoyance for a lot of customers. Now there may be a war against this Robocall Strike Force.
Regulators are calling these increasingly common pre-recorded sales calls a “scourge,” but there is some good news. A bunch of big tech companies are putting aside their competition and coming together to fight off this problem.
This group includes the likes of AT&T, Alphabet, Verizon, Apple, Qualcomm, Microsoft, Samsung, T-Mobile, and Comcast. The team numbers more than 30 companies strong, and they have agreed to work in conjunction with the FCC to make these automated calls a thing of the past.
The group met for the first time this Friday, and they plan on reconvening with the FCC by October 19 with more concrete plans to put into effect. Although this initiative is still in its infancy, the team wants to increase caller ID verification standards and begin creating a “Do Not Originate” list that would make it harder for robocallers to impersonate banks, government agencies, or commercial entities.
“The bad guys are beating the good guys with technology,due in large part to industry inaction.”- FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler
So are you excited about this partnership?