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Consumer Confidential: FCC chief tells phone companies to crack down on robocalls, or else. Sort of

The head of the Federal Communications Commission got on his high horse this week and told phone companies they better do something about robocalls. Or else.

"Combating illegal robocalls is our top consumer priority at the FCC," Chairman Ajit Pai said in a statement after submitting letters to leading telecom and tech companies telling them to get with the program.

He said they need to implement technology that can identify robocalls before they make it to people's phones, often via "spoofing" that misleads Caller ID systems.

"By this time next year, I expect

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