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AT&T Spearheading Robocall 'Strike Force'

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Aug 19, 2016, 9:11 AM   by Eric M. Zeman

AT&T and dozens of other companies are escalating the war on robocalls with a new Strike Force aimed at disrupting spammers' ability to call and pester consumers. AT&T CEO Randal Stephenson says carriers, device makers, OS developers, network designers, regulators, and lawmakers will all need to work together to create a play book to tackle the problem. "In parallel with technological solutions, we need our regulatory and law enforcement agencies to go after the bad actors. Shutting down the bad guys is a necessary step, and a powerful example to others. Our goal isn't complicated: Stop unwanted robocalls. Easy to say. Hard to do," said Stephenson in remarks made at the FCC's first meeting of the Robocall Strike Force. Industry player are gathering today to discuss initial plans and are expected to report back with more solid short- and long-term plans on October 19. Some of the companies participating in the Strike Force include AT&T, Apple, Blackberry, Comcast, Ericsson, Google, LG, Microsoft, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon.


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Aug 20, 2016, 8:03 AM

Good, and it's not only AT&T

As a night worker, I find these robocalls frustrating, spoofed numbers which look similar to local or work numbers, hawking crazy credit card protection schemes. Fine's seizure of assets and prison terms should be in order. The state and local governments should pass stricter laws, and I include other nations. All my numbers are on the do not call list. While I don't really like it, I don't include legitimate companies that I do business with, and usually will respect a do not call list, and will remove you from such calls after politely asking.

Most filters do not catch these calls, many are spoofed local numbers. The trouble is most are off shore, and don't know how well the can be enforced. Outside of penalties if they represent...
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