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Faced with growing political and legal anger, Ajit Pai, the chairman of America's communications watchdog, has again promised to do something about robocalls – and again left critics fuming over his foot-dragging antics.
Pai's FCC made two announcements on Monday – that as the boss of the federal regulator, he "expects major phone companies to implement SHAKEN/STIR caller ID authentication standards this year" and that he will hold "a summit on July 11, 2019 to examine industry’s progress toward meeting this deadline."
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The announcement was heralded by the FCC as "another significant step" in the organization's fight against robocalls, but ignored the fact Pai said the exact same thing three months ago. And the exact same thing three months before that.
"Chairman Ajit Pai today reiterated his call for a robust caller ID authentication system to combat illegal caller ID spoofing," said a February 13 release. A November 2018 announcement began: "FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today demanded that the phone industry adopt a robust call authentication system to combat illegal caller ID spoofing and launch that system no later than next year."
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Every three months, it's the same thing. And every three months nothing has changed. Legislators, policymakers, and prosecutors are running out of patience. In the meantime, the telcos ring up more profits from all those annoying robocall and everyone else gets inconvenienced.
Pai's fellow FCC Commissioner, Jessica Rosenworcel appeared caught off guard by the announcement of a special robocall summit in July but was clearly unimpressed. "The situation with robocalls is a NIGHTMARE," she tweeted. "Can we stop holding summits and do something already?"
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Rosenworcel then listed three things the FCC can do straight off the bat to kill the epidemic of daily robocalls: require call authentication technology, make available free tools to consumers to block these annoying automated calls, and set up an...
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