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Blumenthal demands action for Robocall blocking services

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U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants phone companies to offer robocall blocking. (WFSB) U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal wants phone companies to offer robocall blocking. (WFSB)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

One United States senator from Connecticut wants phone companies to offer robocall blocking and give the public relief from those calls. 

U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal discussed a new proposal adopted by the Federal Communications Commission on Monday morning that will crack down on unwanted Robocalls.

“The skyrocketing onslaught of Robocalls must be stopped-- ‎by new blocking systems that telephone companies should offer. More than an intrusive nuisance, many Robocalls are dangerous and illegal, often seeking consumers' personal or financial information to defraud or scam them,” Blumenthal said in a recent statement.

His office said that Americans are “inundated by half a billion Robocalls each year.” However, Blumenthal said new technology can help allow telephone companies to block these type of calls.  

“Advanced technology to stop these invasive, inconvenient machine-driven calls is now feasible and affordable. Telephone companies should make blocking options available right away. The companies' continuing failure to provide immediate easy access to blocking technology makes them an enabler of anti-consumer abuses.  A crackdown on Robocalls is within ready reach, if only the telephone companies enable consumers to take control,” Blumenthal said.

Blumenthal, who is working with Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, “applauded” the FCC for their recent adoption of the new proposal.

“There is now nothing stopping telephone companies from stepping up to end these illegal Robocalls, and I demand they do so immediately,” Blumenthal said.

During a news conference at Legislative Office Building in Hartford on Monday morning, Blumenhthal said these nuisance calls often ask for information that can be used in identity thefts

"They are seriously dangerous to consumers,” Blumenthal said. “They must be stopped and the technology exists to stop them if only the telephone companies offer it

Advocates said consumers now need to put pressure on their phone companies to offer the "blocking" service.

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