The press release indicates that the declaratory ruling would allow providers to offer opt-in blocking tools based on consumers' contact lists or other "white list" options.
Robocalls have increased as cheap software makes it easy to make mass calls.
Not all robocalls are scam calls, said Margot Saunders, a senior attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, a consumer advocacy organization.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is taking action against robocalls by declaring a new rule giving phone companies and their customers the power to block those incoming calls. He did not say how Verizon plans to change its offerings for landline customers, who today can sign up for a third-party blocking service.
Mermin says even though he himself is on a "do not call" list, he still receives about one dozen robocalls a day.
Saunders adds that the decision doesn't have bearing on which robocallers the FCC requires to gain consent from the customer.
"There's nothing here that prevents companies from charging every of us whatever further fees they decide on to position this name blockading technology on our line", Rosenworcel said.
The phone companies don't need your permission to weed out the calls. It is an American right to have domestic tranquillity (per the Preamble to the US Constitution), and part of that involves eliminating the constant harassment of automated calls created to do nothing more than unsettle the consumer conscience.
And while the FCC is urging wireless carriers to offer call blocking for free, the order would not mandate it.
"There's very little more annoying to New Yorkers than being woken up in the dead of night by automated calls trying to scam them out of their hard-earned money", the New York Democrat said.
Almost one in six Americans reported losing money to scams over the 12 months, with an average loss of $244 per victim, according to the report.
Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel wrote in a (partially) dissenting statement that "I do not think that this agency should pat itself on the back for its efforts to reduce robocalls and then tell customers to pay up".
The FCC estimates robocalls cost consumers at least $3 billion per year.
Starks said eliminating a significant number of robocalls would save carriers billions of dollars "as network capacity is freed up and customer service representatives field fewer complaints".