A growing number of annoying robocalls are coming from overseas. The FCC wants to do something to stop that. 


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Ending robocalls is almost like a game of whack-a-mole: Stop one and more pop up. But Jessica Rosenworcel, acting chair of the Federal Communications Commission, thinks she’s found a new hammer to stop the illegal automated spam calls originating from overseas. 

She’s proposing to close a loophole in FCC regulations to require “gateway providers” to stop robocalls before they get to your phone. The agency will vote on the proposal, called the Targeting Gateway Providers to Combat Illegal Robocalls, during its monthly meeting on Tuesday. 

The proposed regulation would put additional requirements on US-based gateway providers that pass through voice traffic to other networks in the US. These gateway providers, which are smaller, low-profile companies that hand off…

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