FCC Commissioner Takes Aim At Robocalls

December 13, 2018 - 4:34 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- "Robocalls are insane," says FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, who wants to take immediate and "meaningful" action to reduce the pesky calls.

Last month, there were over 5 billion robocalls nationwide, which translates to about 2,000 robocalls every second.

"We have got to do something to stop them," Rosenworcel said in an interview Thursday with WCBS 880's Steve Scott. "They are driving everyone and anyone I know crazy, myself included.... I can't stand it when my phone rings and there's just some automated voice on the other side of the line offering me something I don't want, never signed up for and do not need. And I know my experience is the same as so many other people all across the country."

Rosenworcel wants to give consumers a new tool to help block robocalls. On Wednesday, she sent letters to more than a dozen major telephone companies and asked them to make free robocall blocking tools available to consumers nationwide.

She says while it may not be able to block every single call, it's a start.

"The problem is so bad right now we need to have an all-hands effort and we need to make sure that companies are offering these kinds of services for free consumers everywhere," Rosenworcel said.

While signing up for the Do Not Call Registry can help reduce the number of pesky robocalls, Rosenworcel says there are many "bad actors" out there who don't pay attention to the list so blocking tools can help make a real difference.

She expects to hear back from the phone companies early next year.