The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) encourages national telecommunications service providers to combat illegal robots.
AJIT PAI, chairman of the FCC, sent letters Monday to more than twelve companies calling on them to adopt systems to combat illegal spoofing practices, a method commonly used by robocallers to mask the origin of the call and to show that they "come from the same region as the recipient .
In their letters to companies such as AT & T, Verizon and T-Mobile senior executives, Pai urged them to adopt industry-wide schemes for authentication of calls.
"Fighting illegal robots is our top priority for consumers in the FCC," Pai said. "Therefore, we need call authentication to become a reality – this is the best way to ensure that consumers can safely answer their phones. Next year, I hope consumers will see it on their phone."
On Tuesday, FCC's chief executives and technology experts followed their letters to industry leaders, urging them to introduce tracking capabilities that would allow them to detect and catch illegal robocallers.
Pai's letters asked businesses to update their commissions on the implementation of industry-standard call authentication standards. He asked for answers by November 19th.
"Greater participation will ensure that the system works for consumers who are expecting real progress in the fight against malicious spoofing and scam robocalls," Pai said in a statement. "If this system does not appear to be on the right track to get up and running next year, then we will take steps to make sure this is happening."