Bad news for robocalls: the Federal Communications Commission is making it easier for phone companies to block them.
Lenny Alanis, a sales associate for wireless carrier, Cricket, says he sees a lot of 408- and 605- area codes pop up on his 701- phone.
Alanis says he gets as many as 10 robocalls in a day.
"It tends to get a little bit annoying...I just decline it, and don't even have to worry about it anymore,” he said.
Robocalls may outnumber Alanis's regular calls—but his days of declining may be numbered.
A new FCC ruling says carriers can block unwanted robocalls before they even reach us consumers.
"This is the top consumer complaint the FCC receives every year,” FCC spokesperson, Will Wiquist, said. “Over 60 percent of the complaints we receive from consumers each and every year are about unwanted calls."
Alanis says so far AT&T—Cricket's parent company—has ways to block robocalls, but the calls oftentimes prevail.
"They make apps every single day, they take your number...we're at a day and age where everything's evolving."
Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) says disdain for the calls is something uniting both major parties, and the ruling is long overdue.
"This is an outrageous situation,” Klobuchar said. “We've literally seen a doubling of robocalls in Minnesota and I'm sure it's similar in North Dakota in just the last few years."
YouMail data shows 4.7 billion robocalls placed in the month of May alone.
Wiquist says so far he thinks carriers will be able to offer the service to consumers for free. He adds the FCC is also looking to introduce tools that would potentially allow carriers to block any calls that are not on a consumer's contact list.
Alanis says it might make selling phones easier for him.
"I think it would just be an easier pitch, along with, you know, getting a Cricket protect and stuff like that," he said.