Home FCC toughens stance on unwanted calls AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 07 JUN 2019 Tags Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more FCC commissioner eyes further Chinese vendor curbs Kavit Majithia The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed new regulations allowing operators to block spam calls by default, a move designed to increase consumer protection.In a statement, the US regulator said the new laws will allow voice providers to stop the calls, dubbed “robocalls”, by using “reasonable call analytics”.“This action empowers providers to protect their customers from unwanted robocalls before those calls even reach the consumers’ phones,” said FCC.Currently, operators in the country offer their customers call blocking tools on an opt-in basis.Sick and tiredAs part of the ruling, providers can also offer their customers the choice to opt-in to tools blocking calls from any number not in their contact list or other “white lists”.This option would allow consumers to decide directly whose calls they are willing to receive.Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, said the whole country was “sick and tired of unwanted robocalls.”YouMail, an app aiming to stop robocalls said citizens were spammed with 4.7 billion robocalls in May, of which almost half were scams.The FCC also opened a consultation on whether it should create a safe harbour for providers which blocks calls that are maliciously spoofed so the caller ID cannot be authenticated, along with unsigned calls. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Related Author Previous ArticleSKT partners in smart office pushNext ArticleFreedomPop owner to launch Boost takeover bid FCC FCC approves $7 billion for emergency connectivity FCC mulls expanded Huawei, ZTE bans
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21:20 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party Related Stories The novel’s main characters are a pair of officers partnered together, war vet and Morehouse graduate Lucius Boggs, and the street-smart Tommy Smith. Both men are faced with bringing law enforcement to a deeply mistrustful community.Asked whether he intended to explore the parallels between the racial strife in the novel and police brutality in contemporary America, Mullen responds “yes and no.”Mullen began writing the book in 2012, finishing the first draft in summer of 2014.“So this book was not a deliberate response to the recent spate of police brutality and the Black Lives Matter movement,” he says, though he acknowledges that race is an issue that is always present in our lives.“In 2012, we still had Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman, we still had a lot of racially coded criticism of President Obama,” he says. “And I think one of the fun things about historical fiction is that it puts a mirror on our own times. It allows us to find some of the historical roots in issues that are still playing out today.”Thomas Mullen launches “Darktown” Tuesday September 13 at the Margaret Mitchell House at 7 p.m.Like us on Facebook For Whom The Bell Rings Atlanta-based author Thomas Mullen in the WABE studios. Mullen launches his new novel ”Darktown” at the Margaret Mitchell House Tuesday night.Credit Myke Johns / WABEEdit | Remove Share Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Thomas Mullen’s biography opens with the confession that while his neighbors near downtown Atlanta “suspect not a thing, he commits murders, spins wildly convoluted conspiracy theories, travels through time, [and] reinvents the past.”The part of the past he has most recently reinvented is not far from his front door. His new novel “Darktown” centers on the story of the Atlanta Police Department’s first black police officers, hired on in April of 1948. But Mullen is quick to point out that his story is not about the integration of the APD because in fact, rather than real integration there was – as one character puts it – “a better kind of segregation.”“This isn’t like a police version of Jackie Robinson integrating the Dodgers,” Mullen told “City Lights” host Lois Reitzes.In the Jim Crow era, black Atlanta Police officers were only allowed to patrol black neighborhoods and they were not permitted squad cars. Their beats had to be walked on foot.“They couldn’t even set foot in the headquarters,” Mullen says, “because according to a Newsweek article that came out a year before, as many as one quarter of Atlanta cops were members of the Ku Klux Klan.”The APD’s African-American officers had their own precinct set up in the basement of the Butler Street YMCA in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood.
Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:QPR’s Luongo praised for recent displaysQPR fan injured in accident before Forest matchQPR boss eyes new signingsQPR confirm goalkeeping coach’s exitQPR reject approach for midfielder CheryQPR and West Brom discuss loan deal for SandroFans on Twitter react to Sandro’s expected moveQPR youngster Kakay makes loan move Sandro is expected to complete a move to West Bromwich Albion in the next 24 hours.The Brazilian midfielder, one of several players QPR want to remove from their wage bill, is set to join the Baggies on loan with a view to a permanent transfer. A deal has been agreed in principle and Sandro, 26, is due to undergo a medical on Friday afternoonAdChoices广告He moved to Loftus Road from Tottenham for £6m in 2014 and has since made just 26 league starts.Rangers discussed a potential loan deal with AC Milan during the summer but were unable to reach an agreement.They now hope to offload him to Albion, who are also interested in R’s winger Matt Phillips.Meanwhile, QPR have rejected an approach from Maccabi Tel Aviv for Tjaronn Chery.