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The FCC is demanding companies take action to stop nuisance 'robocalls'

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - US Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Monday wrote the chief executives of major telephone service providers and other companies, demanding they launch a system no later than 2019 to combat billions of "robocalls" and other nuisance calls received monthly by American consumers.

Robocall Epidemic Breaks Annual Record with 30.5 Billion Calls in 2017

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- American consumers and businesses were blitzed by some 30.5 billion robocalls in 2017, breaking the prior national annual record of 29.3 billion robocalls set in 2016. U.S. phones received an estimated 2.78 billion robocalls in December alone, equaling a 1.3% increase month-on-month over November and a stunning 19.2% year-on-year increase over December 2016.