As of today, you should receive fewer robocalls. U.S. voice carriers – phone companies and others that provide voice access – are now required to block automated scam calls before they ever get to you. Tech expert Omar Gallaga told Texas Standard that voice providers must use a technology called STIR/SHAKEN to block illegal robocalls.
Highlights from this segment:
– Consumers received fewer robocalls in 2020, likely as a result of the pandemic. But that number has risen steadily this year.
– Voice providers were required to implement STIR/SHAKEN technology to block robocalls by June 30, 2021. Many large providers, including AT&T and T-Mobile, say they have already implemented it. Text messages are not covered by the rule.
– Not all robocalls are illegal under the new rule. Politicians and local businesses, for example, can call you if they’re not spoofing phone numbers or otherwise being deceptive.
– To limit unwanted calls, it’s still a good idea to join the National Do Not Call Registry. You can also use apps like Nomorobo, and contact your phone carrier to see if they have spam-blocking tools.