Everyone who has a phone has been inundated with robocalls. The calls come from all over the world. The automated calls are annoying, can be scary for some and can end up being very expensive, depending how you deal with them.

Friday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter applauded the Federal Communications Commission for passing a measure to combat robocalls.

The new rule allows and encourages phone companies to block robocalls by default. The companies must first inform customers and give them the opportunity to opt out of having the calls blocked, according to a news release from Hunter.

Many phone companies already offer call blocking technology on an opt-in basis, but customers have to ask for the service and often must pay for it, he said. Although the new rule does not mandate companies offer the new service for free, the commission expects most, if not all, companies to offer the service at no cost.

“When I met with FCC Chairman (Ajit) Pai last month, one of our main topics of discussion was how to better combat robocalls in order to protect consumers,” Hunter said. “This rule is a decisive response that will give consumers more peace of mind to allow them to more confidently answer the phone without the fear of having their personal information or money stolen."

Hunter's release also said that according to the call-blocking company YouMail, last month alone, Oklahomans received more than 56 million robocalls at a rate of over 75,000 per hour.

We don't know about you, but we feel like we have been on the receiving end of those calls entirely too much. We'll be glad to see an end to them.

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