Tencent Technology News, in the era of smartphone popularity and personal privacy leaks, harassing calls and marketing calls have become a public hazard for everyone, and countries are looking for solutions. According to the latest news from foreign media, US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai proposed on Wednesday to allow telecom operators to intercept unnecessary “machine harassing calls” by default to reduce the harassment of telemarketers and scammers. The number of calls. Foreign media said that this proposal is expected to be officially adopted in June.
According to foreign media reports, Pankit said that many telecom operators have delayed the development and deployment of default call interception tools, because these tools are not sure whether they are legal according to the existing rules of the Federal Communications Commission.
Banquet said that if the default call interception is allowed in the policy, it will probably significantly increase software development and consumer adoption of these tools, he added, operators should provide call interception services for free. In addition, telecommunications companies should allow users to block calls that are not on their contact list.
Pankit said: "By clearly indicating that this call interception is allowed, the FCC will give the voice call service provider the legal certainty needed to block unwanted calls from the outset so that consumers never have to receive these call. ”
It is expected that the Federal Communications Commission, the US government's telecommunications regulator, will approve Pankit's proposal at its June 6 meeting.
On Wednesday, in the context of the disappointment of a large number of machine harassing calls by the US Congress and US consumers (automatically dialed by computer software based on the phone list), Pankit and four other members of the Federal Communications Commission participated in a team in the US House of Representatives. Hearings.
A professional company that intercepts and tracks machine harassing calls, YouMail estimates that there were 4.9 billion calls in the United States in April that were not intended to be heard. The number in 2018 was close to 48 billion, an increase of nearly 60% over 2017.
Not all machines automatically call are illegal. Some school districts, utility companies, pharmacies, or city governments also use computer software for automatic dialing.
According to reports, the US telecommunications industry expressed support for Pankit’s proposal to intercept the harassing calls.
Verizon praised the Communications Commission for taking positive action to explore new tools to protect consumers.
The company said in a statement: "Although there may be no panacea to completely end these harassment activities, we are fully committed to combating the scourge of machine harassment calls. ”
AT&T said that Pankit’s proposal “will increase the tools available to deal with unverified calls”, but warned that “swindlers are still looking for new ways to contact them.” Emotional consumer. ”
In May 2018, Pankit called on telecommunications companies to adopt the industry-developed “call authentication system” to stop using illegally spoofed numbers in the telephone system.
Banquet said this week that he expects major telecom operators to implement these caller certification standards this year. He will host an industry conference on July 11 to review the progress of the call authentication technology.
Banquet said in a statement on Monday: "We chose this industry-led road because it is the fastest way to help consumers, but if operators do not take action this year, the government will continue to work hard. Take regulatory action. ”
In November last year, Panki wrote to the chief executive of the major telecommunications companies, asking them to launch a call authentication system no later than 2019 to deal with machine harassment calls.
Federal Communications Commission member, Democrat Jessica · Jessica Rosenworcel said this week that the communications committee should require telecommunications companies to use call authentication technology and provide consumers with free tools to block calls. She added that the Federal Communications Commission's convening of summits and seminars is a waste of time and should go as early as possible to pursue the responsibility of the bad guys. (Tencent Technology Review / Cheng Hao)