Robots Are Killing Telephone Service
Like brain-craving zombies, they’re devouring your phone. Or at least its usefulness. U.S. automated calls jumped a staggering 41.3 percent from 2017 to 2018 and the Federal Communications Commission estimates that 1,500 are received every second in the country. While the federal “do not call” list deterred telemarketers in the past decade, international robocallers, whether advertising or scamming, can fool caller ID with spoofed numbers.
Is there a solution? A new breed of apps will block robocalls, but many people are opting to simply not answer calls from unknown numbers.