North Carolina consumers will soon have access to technology that can block annoying robocalls, Attorney General Roy Cooper has announced.
“Instead of being driven crazy by robocalls, consumers will soon be in the driver’s seat and able to slam the brakes on unwanted calls,” Cooper said. “Call-blocking technology can help consumers free their phone lines from these frustrating calls.”
The Federal Communications Commission voted recently to allow phone carriers to offer consumers technology to block robocalls. Technologies now exist for phone carriers to find and block automatically dialed, pre-recorded calls, but several major phone companies claimed legal barriers to using it. After receiving the letter from the attorneys general as well as dozens of petitions about unwanted calls, the FCC voted to clarify its interpretation of federal telecommunications statutes to permit call-blocking technology and strengthen existing law.