Some in the business community are decrying the Federal Communications
> Commission's recent decision to allow carriers to automatically block
> robocalls unless customers opt out, saying it will make it harder for
> them to hawk their services to people who haven't indicated they're
> interested in receiving a telephone sales pitch.
> Yes, it will make it harder - that's the whole point. Robocalls are
> the scourge of the communications industry, blowing up Americans'
> phones almost 48 billion times last year alone by one estimate. The
> FCC move is way overdue.
Historical notes: here are some notes from the past on how the issue was handled.
In 1966, the Bell System took out a full page ad in LIFE indicating their effort to fight harassing calls.
In 1981 New York magazine ran an article on stalking calls.