Newsday gets it. Why don’t the phone companies?
Newsday put out a terrific editorial that calls on legislators, regulators, and the industry to start taking the robocall epidemic seriously.
“But some phone companies have resisted the new technology, in part due to concerns that they’re supposed to connect every call. Regulators say the technology is legal. The companies must come on board now and make blocking and filtering technology easy to access and free to customers. Officials must be aware of concerns, like privacy and whether “good” calls are blocked, but those issues shouldn’t get in the way.”
Newsday echoes what we have been saying for the past year. Not only are these calls disrupting our lives to the point of driving us mad but they also cost us around $350 million dollars (conservative estimate) a year in telephone scams. While legislation and better enforcement can certainly help solve the problem consumers need relief now. Let’s face it – not much legislation seems to be moving these days in Washington D.C. That is why it is so important for AT&T, Verizon, and Centurylink to stop dragging their feet and implement existing technologies and start solving this problem now.