In recent years, robocalling has become an epidemic that plagues any American consumer with a phone. From automated telemarketing phone calls that come from (800) numbers to spam callers using ID spoofing to look like a local number, robocalling has become a problem that many consumers daily.
According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, “American consumers are sick and tired of unwanted robocalls, this consumer among them. Caller ID authentication will be a significant step towards ending the scourge of spoofed robocalls. It’s time for carriers to implement robust caller ID authentication.”
To combat these robocalls, the FCC is taking the initiative to allow carriers to block robocalls at no cost to consumers. Mobile carriers across the country are making the investments to ensure their networks comply to implement call authentication to combat robocalling and Caller ID spoofing.
How will this affect consumers?
Mobile carriers will be able to flag spam calls, flagging suspicious digital ID’s (“DID’s”) as “Scam Likely” or “Spam Risk” to protect consumers against robocalling.
How will this affect my VoIP number?
This initiative may have some VoIP users concerned about their own DID’s, which has made VoIP users targets for “Premium Caller ID” scams.
Third-party sellers are targeting VoIP users to register for premium DID’s or for notification on their DID’s to prevent themselves from being flagged as spam.
VoIP users must beware of offers that seek payment to be a part of a “directory” of premium businesses, as they can be entirely unnecessary.
Is my DID safe with Utility Telecom?
This new bill is only the beginning; cellular carriers and home phone carriers’ customers are the first to attempt to tackle spam calls.
Utility Telecom continues to maintain the integrity of all outgoing numbers for customers and stands behind every one of our customer’s DID’s and assigned phone numbers.
Please contact us if you have further questions before spending any money with anyone else regarding telecommunications. We are here to surround you with services that work, 24/7/365.