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FCC offers $50,000 prize for robocall blocking


Washington, DC – The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced a new $50,000 competition challenging developers to create technology capable of blocking illegal robocalls.

“The vast majority of telephone calls that deliver a prerecorded message trying to sell something to the recipient are illegal,” said the FTC. “As technology has advanced over the years, so have the number of illegal robocalls.”

The agency is looking for technology that can block the calls on both landlines and mobile phones. Judging primarily will be based on whether the product works, as well as its ease of use and ability to be rolled out.

One winner will receive $50,000 in cash, as well as opportunities for promotion, exposure and recognition by the FTC. Companies with over 10 employees will be eligible to compete for the FTC Technology Achievement Award, which does not include a cash prize.

The submission period opens Thursday and runs through Jan. 17, with winners announced at the beginning of April. Complete details are here or at the link below.

This article was also published in New England Tech Wire.

Related link:

Robocall Challenge – http://robocall.challenge.gov

Image courtesy of FCC Robocall Challenge