Robocalls

48 billion robocalls annoyed Americans last year

HBO late-night host John Oliver called out the FCC on his show last week for the robocall problem plaguing American cellphones, drawing nationwide attention to the problem that almost every American is dealing with. 

Data: Robocall Index, American Community Survey; Map: Harry Stevens/Axios

FCC introduces new standard to tackle robocalls

People talk on cell phones.
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The Federal Communications Commission wants you to know it takes the problem of robocalls very seriously — and it has a report to do it.

Details: The report notes that until recently the agency had no tools to fight unwanted spam calls, but now has several options. Of course, randomly dial any consumer and ask if they have a few minutes and they will tell you the problem is getting worse.