The growing problem of robocalls is an issue that came up during the Free State Foundation's Eleventh Annual Telecom Policy Conference on March 26.
Verizon Wireless announced on March 28 that it is making available to subscribers a free version of its Call Filter service, which offers new protections from robocalls. Available as a downloadable mobile app, Call Filter provides alerts for likely spam, reporting of unsolicited numbers, and customizable automatic blocking of robocalls. An enhanced version of the service is available for monthly purchase.
Importantly, Verizon Wireless also announced it initial implementation of STIR/SHAKEN technology to verify that numbers displayed on Caller ID actually placed calls, combatting so-called "spoof" Caller ID info.