At an Economic Club event in Washington, DC today, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson was interrupted on stage by a robocall, pausing an interview in front of dozens of people and driving home that absolutely no one is safe from the spam epidemic.
Last year, consumers received over 26.3 billion of these scammy calls and the problem only appears to be getting worse.
“I’m getting a robocall, too,” Stephenson said during the Economic Club event, ultimately declining the call on his Apple Watch.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson gets a robocall while onstage at @TheEconomicClub. pic.twitter.com/i5llHj6hz2 — CSPAN (@cspan) March 20, 2019.
In response to frustration from consumers, wireless providers including AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile have launched free spam filter for calls, but as Stephenson can now attest, it doesn’t make any difference.
Today, AT&T and Comcast announced the “nation’s first” call authentication system between two service providers, so that’s a good step in the right direction. »