FTC sponsoring contest to create block for robocalls

The Federal Trade Commission is sponsoring a contest for creative ways to block illegal robo-telemarketing calls.

Automated sales calls have been illegal since 2009, but many telemarketers continue the practice. The FTC will award $50,000 for a technology solution that blocks robocalls on land lines and mobile phones.

The person or group must prove the effectiveness and practicality of the solution. The contest runs October 25 through January 17. Rules and information are available online.

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