The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to formally consider steps it hopes will fight robocalls:
- It has proposed rule changes thats would make it easier for phone companies to block calls with fake caller ID information (a practice called "spoofing") without violating the agency's rules.
- This could apply in cases where the number showing up on caller ID hasn't been given to a user yet or when the area code in question doesn't actually exist.
- The commission will also ask for comments about other ways to block robocalls that violate the law.
Why it matters: Robocalls are a regular source of consumer frustration but regulators have struggled to bring them to heel. The vote also follows work by a robocall "strike force" that included companies like AT&T and Verizon as well as major Silicon Valley firms.
What's next: The public can now comment on the FCC's proposals. The agency will need to vote again for the rules to go into effect.