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  • FTC throws down robocall gauntlet: $50,000 for best way to stop annoying calls

    The short version:
    The FTC Robocall Challenge (the ‘‘Competition’’)
    is an initiative of the Federal Trade Commission (‘‘FTC’’) challenging the
    public to create innovative solutions that will block illegal robocalls on
    landlines and mobile phones. The vast majority of telephone calls that deliver a prerecorded message trying to sell something to the recipient are illegal.
    The FTC regulates these calls under the Telemarketing Sales Rule. See 16 CFR 310.4(b)(1)(v). The Competition is intended to provide recognition to individuals, teams of individuals, forprofit legal entities and/or non-profit
    organizations (collectively, ‘‘Contestants’’) for developing proposed
    technical solutions or functional solutions and proofs of concepts that
    can block illegal robocalls (each a ‘‘Solution’’).
    For details - http://www.ftc.gov/os/fedreg/2012/10...allengefrn.pdf
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    And, as I respond, another toll free call gets screened on the answering machine in spite of the phone number being on the Do Not Call list.

    Make the sender pay for all calls made to cell phones. That would stop a lot of the robo and unsolicited text messages to cell phones.
    “Breaking News,”

    “Something irrelevant in your life just happened and now we are going to blow it all out of proportion for days to keep you distracted from what's really going on.”

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    • #3
      We don't have that problem.
      "Ask not what your country can do for you"

      Left wing, Right Wing same bird that they are killing.

      you’re entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.

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      • #4
        I would suggest some kind of software to identify incoming callers numbers to be checked against a list of numbers authorised by the telephone owner. Of course that would mean that commercial telephone users wouldn't be allowed to block caller identification.
        The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. Thomas Jefferson.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Cosmos View Post
          I would suggest some kind of software to identify incoming callers numbers to be checked against a list of numbers authorised by the telephone owner. Of course that would mean that commercial telephone users wouldn't be allowed to block caller identification.
          Cell phones can already be programmed to receive only numbers that are in your phone book. The person calling will be displayed on those phones. Otherwise, only the number calling gets displayed if it is not in your phone book.

          Caller Id is available for an additional fee.

          For the land line, a blocked call, no data, or no information, is a dead giveaway that you don't need to answer it.
          “Breaking News,”

          “Something irrelevant in your life just happened and now we are going to blow it all out of proportion for days to keep you distracted from what's really going on.”

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          • #6
            Originally posted by SRV Ron View Post
            Cell phones can already be programmed to receive only numbers that are in your phone book. The person calling will be displayed on those phones. Otherwise, only the number calling gets displayed if it is not in your phone book.

            Caller Id is available for an additional fee.

            For the land line, a blocked call, no data, or no information, is a dead giveaway that you don't need to answer it.
            Except that many doctor's offices, hospitals and government agencies block their numbers.

            If I don't recognize the number, I don't answer it.
            Quis Custodiet Ipsos Custodes? Who is watching the watchers?

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