@Mike Richards:The Constitution doesn't say anything about
telephone calls. If the Founding Fathers meant to regulate telephones, they
would have mentioned them in the Constitution.
It should be simple to regulate these, Europe doesn't have this problem.
Require all phone calls to come from a registered number. If a call is spoofed,
the carriers should be able to detect that number A is not the actual source of
this call, thus it gets blocked.Block spoofing and require caller ID
for any and all businesses, government agencies, political parties and campaigns
and charities. If you want to do business with me, my phone should display who
is calling me, and I need to be able to trust the name shown is accurate.Implement these simple fixes (simple to describe implementation may not
be simple but they are all possible) and robo-calls will be a thing of the past.
Though like Hutterite I too will miss the opportunity to mess with the IRS
Scammers with thick eastern european accents who are threatening that the
Sheriff is only minutes away from executing an arrest warrant on me. Or the new
one telling me I need to restructure and pay the overdue student loans that I
never even took out.
I don't mind that they get rid of robocalls; it's a good thing. Just
leave us the calls from the 'IRS' threatening our imminent
imprisonment unless we pay all kinds of taxes with Itunes cards. I have a lot of
fun with those.
The do not call list that the government came up years ago is a great civic
lesson to those who are still advocating the government prevents drugs, gun
violence, homelessness, provides health care, etc. It is one thing to make a
law, it is quite another thing to enforce it. Seinfeld's reservations rant
can be applied to the government; "you know how to take the reservation, but
you don't know how to keep the reservation, and keeping the reservation is
really the most important part of the reservation".Allowing
businesses to profit by coming up with an idea to stop robocalls might actually
create incentive enough to create a robust product to stop it. Don't be
tricked into believing that government will stop these calls.
@WeThePeople - Sandy, UTJune 10, 2019 9:57 a.m.,The
Constitution clearly and explicitly gives the Federal Goverment to regulate
robocalls because they are a form of commerce that crosses State and National
borders. Article I, Section 8: "To regulate Commerce
with foreign Nations, and among the several States,"
I would LOVE to stop getting robocalls. I would love it so much, that I might
actually decide to keep my land line!
I wish that it will work. Providers like Verizon should provide the service
free. We get so many spam calls it has become a nuisance and we no longer answer
our home phone. Verizon will be out our monthly fee if we cancel our home phone.
Isn't that their job to provide customer service and allow us to enjoy our
I'm skeptical because Utah continues to license Informed Electorate LLC,
who is one of the biggest offenders on planet earth. Given the numerous
complaints, one would think Utah could act; yet they don't. I doubt that
they won't require phone providers to anything either, since phones are the
business of phone providers. So once again, unless I get really surprised,
it'll be business as usual. If the news providers would tell us which
phone providers block robocalls, perhaps the marketplace will drive the
competition to follow suit. Let's not require AOC to solve this. That
would be an expensive disaster.
@Say no to BO"And the government does nothing about it."I thought you were all about small government and limited government
regulation and keeping the government out of our lives?
There is no control. Think about it. Companies call, claiming to be Microsoft or
my credit card company. And the government does nothing about it.Gmail forwards to me spam from people who falsely claim to be Google. They
can't even protect their own brand.The government is going to
have to get tough with fraudulent companies first. Legitmate companies can be
regulated but con men cannot. They need stiffer punishments. That means ruffling
some feathers in India and Nigeria. Based on their take on Mexico, the left will
go nuts over that.
Where in the Constitution does the Federal Government have the power to restrict
telephone calls? We need to respect Our Founding Father's vision of Small
Government, rather than asking Big Brother to solve our every problem!
Call me skeptical!While I applaud this new ruling, I doubt it will
do anything. Years ago (thinking about 20 now); the FCC created a National Do
Not Call Registry; with explicit rules that no sales calls. The only problem is
that phone sales persons never cared about the rules. And the rules only
"allowed" the FCC to litigate; and they refused to even
"investigate" unless millions of people had lost money to the sales
(scam) calls. And then of course there were dozens of loopholes, like if a
person is asking for money but claiming they are not selling anything in the
guise of "charity" or political calls (which almost always were asking
for money as well--thus selling politicians).The only thing that the
Do Not Call Registry did; was INCREASE the phone calls; and encourage scammers
to use automated calling. Then they ruled that there had to be a live person
available and fewer "dropped calls" but that hasn't changed still
get dozens of those every day.As for scams, already today in the
first 20 minutes of work got one claiming to be an officer from Social Security;
but clearly a computer.I suspect that this new rule won't have
one bit of effect on the scam calls.
Most important, it will reduce the cost to our citizens from ID theft and the
cost to our Government responding to phishing schemes and similar nefarious
activity. (At $10 per complaint it says they aren't doing much, but it
adds up.) A month ago I got a call the caller ID said was the US
Government with a number that matched the Social Security fraud line. I was
quickly able to determine the call was a ruse and hung up, but I'm quite
certain my Grandmother would have fallen for the call and had her identity
stolen in the process. Making robo calls more difficult should
have been done many years ago, and more needs to be done to protect US citizens
from this organized crime.
I get up to 10 of these a day and they are masked by local phone #'s. I can risk not getting a phone call from someone. If it's where I
get my haircut or a Dr's office, I have the appt in my calendar. They send
me texts and email reminding me anyway.I welcome this, it's
long over due.
Did I read that right? The technology can't tell the difference between an
automated call from my doctor and a sales call? And that if Discover is calling
to clear a transaction, that's a robocall?If it doesn't
know the difference, it's no solution at all.Keep trying, guys.
This idea is not ready for prime time.PS- Political robocalls are
NOT a gray area. They are not welcome either. Why do these guys want to carve
out special rules for themselves?
This is a "slippery slope" item. No one likes robocalls. I get them
all the time. My solution is to never answer my cell phone unless the caller
I.D. identifies the caller. I assume that if the caller is serious and not on
in my list that he/she will leave a message.I would prefer that the
carriers charge robocallers a fee per call. Let the robocallers pay at least
$0.75 per call, basically the same price as buying a stamp, envelope and sheet
of paper to send a letter. Charging the abuser instead of the abused would end
It's about time. I get these calls every day. Sometimes more than one in a
day. Sick of it.