Every day, federal regulators get hundreds of consumer complaints about unwanted robocalls and telemarketing calls. Now, to better crack down on these advertisers, the Federal Communications Commission says it's going to publish the details of those complaints.
The data will be used by phone companies to develop automated blocking services that can actively identify telemarketers and prevent them from ever reaching you in the first place. And it's fairly granular: The first data dump from the agency includes information such as the phone number that originated the call, and the state in which it took place, as well as the kind of message the recipient got. Here's a look at the initial spreadsheet, which will be updated weekly: