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Schumer: Let Consumers Block Robocalls

Schumer says the “do not call” registry isn’t working because scammers have been able to work around safeguards.
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Schumer says the “do not call” registry isn’t working because scammers have been able to work around safeguards.";s:3:

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer says consumers should have the ability to block robocalls on landlines and mobile phones.

The New York Democrat announced Wednesday that he’s supporting the ROBOCOP Act, which would require phone carriers to make call-blocking tools available for free to customers. He likened the technology to "an email spam box."

"Time Warner Cable, one of the big ones, announced that it would provide its customers with access to what's called 'No More Robo,' NOMOROBO, that's a third-party robocall blocking service for those with internet-based service or VOIP protocol. Because of the technology like NOMOROBO, other landline and mobile carriers could similarly offer the blocking service to consumers."

Schumer says Americans received 3.4 billion robocalls last month.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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