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Default Call Blocking Is OK, FCC Chair Signals To Carriers

Law360 (May 15, 2019, 5:22 PM EDT) -- FCC Chairman Ajit Pai unveiled a proposal Wednesday that could make it easier for carriers and customers to block unwanted phone calls, and to that end, he’s circulated a draft order clarifying that it’s OK for companies to preemptively use technology that weeds out suspicious calls before they reach users.

The declaratory order, which is slated for consideration at a June 6 FCC meeting, could dispel qualms that carriers have had about implementing stronger call-blocking tools for fear of running afoul of agency rules, Pai said.

“By making it clear that such call blocking is allowed, the FCC will give voice...

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