John Oliver robocalls FCC to protest inaction on robocalls

CNET | 3/11/2019 | Marrian Zhou
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John Oliver joked Sunday that he'd call the FCC every 90 minutes.

John Oliver is taking on his "old friends" at the FCC once again.

HBO - Tonight - Sunday - Comedian - Robocalls

On HBO's Last Week Tonight on Sunday, the comedian zoomed in on the robocalls problem, citing research that says half of mobile phone calls in the US will soon be scam calls.

The Federal Communications Commission has criticized robocalling and said it'd take action on the issue. In November, the agency said it planned to create a database that businesses can check to make sure the numbers they've been given permission to call haven't been reassigned to other people. The FCC is also undertaking "light touch" regulatory actions to give wireless carriers more flexibility to block spam text messages.

FCC - Chairman - Ajit - Pai - February

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in February also called on carriers to implement robust caller ID authentication systems to combat illegal robocalls and spoofing. He said companies need to get their programs in place by the end of the year, or the FCC will consider "regulatory intervention."

However, Oliver said that's not enough. He argued that although Pai "urged" telecom companies to implement call authentication programs, if he'd "required" them to...
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