AT&T CEO says he got robocall during onstage interview

AT&T CEO says he got robocall during onstage interview

The CEO of AT&T said Wednesday that he got a robocall while speaking onstage at an event at the Economic Club.

Randall Stephenson was answering a question when he paused the interview to swipe away a notification on his smart watch.

“I’m getting a robocall, too,” Stephenson said. “It’s literally a robocall."

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On the same day as Stephenson's interview, AT&T announced testing new technology with Comcast designed to make devices robocall-proof.

The new technology is a system called SHAKEN/STIR, which AT&T says allowed the first authenticated call between two different providers.

The system is expected to be rolled out later this year, according to AT&T's announcement.

The Federal Communications Commission has been pressuring phone service providers to address robocalls over the past few months.

Consumers reportedly received 26.3 billion robocalls in the U.S. in 2018, a 46 percent increase from the year before, according to The Washington Post.