Nov 16, 2019

Americans received a record number of robocalls in October

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People in the U.S. received more than 2,000 robocalls a second in October, CNBC reports. That's a record, and a 25% hike over September's numbers.

Be smart: Cell phone carriers are offering services to help consumers deal with the phenomenon. The number of robocalls has topped 49 billion this year, according to CNBC.

  • T-mobile uses a "scam likely" label when the calls come in.
  • Verizon offers a free service that filters calls to its customers.

Of note: Legislation in the works in Congress would require carriers to verify the legitimacy of calls, NJ.com reports.

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Bill to limit robocalls passes House by near-unanimous vote

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A bill to crack down on robocalls passed in the House by a 417-3 vote on Wednesday, in a rare display of bipartisanship amid a divided Congress.

The big picture: The Pallone-Thune TRACED Act would combat robocalls by requiring phone providers to verify the source of calls and allowing users to block those sources for no additional cost. It would also strengthen the Federal Communications Commission's ability to order the Justice Department to organize a working group to ensure robocall violations are prosecuted, Politico notes.

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Robocallers face fight on many fronts

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Federal regulators, lawmakers, and private companies haven't found any one tool that on its own can stem the flood of robocalls, so they are trying several approaches at once.

The big picture: There were a record 5.7 billion robocalls in October, according to YouMail, and the Federal Communications Commission has singled out the issue as its top consumer complaint.

Go deeperArrowDec 13, 2019

T-Mobile's fight for Sprint deal goes to court

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The success of T-Mobile's long-fought-for bid to acquire Sprint is about to come down to whether a federal judge believes that the deal will boost or harm competition.

Why it matters: The FCC has approved the deal and the Justice Department has settled with the companies, leaving this case, in which 14 state attorneys general have sued to block the merger, as the primary remaining obstacle.

Go deeperArrowDec 9, 2019