FCC hopes to shut down robocallers by publishing numbers weekly

On Wednesday the Federal Communications Commission said that it would begin releasing a spreadsheet every week of numbers belonging to robocallers and telemarketers in the hopes of making it easier for third parties to build Do Not Call functions into their products.

The spreadsheet, published as a downloadable CSV file, contains numbers reported through informal consumer complaints. “Consumer complaints to the FCC are a vital tool in the agency’s work,” a statement by the FCC said. “Complaints about unwanted calls and texts are by far the largest complaint category to the agency, with over 215,000 complaints last year.”

The Commission added that it does not verify all the facts in the complaints that it receives.

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