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John Oliver wants to fight robocalls by robocalling the FCC

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‘It only took our tech guy literally 15 minutes to work out how to do it’

Comedian John Oliver is fed up with robocalls and the Federal Communications Commission not doing enough about them — so he’s sent robocalls after the FCC in revenge.

Oliver announced on HBO’s Last Week Tonight yesterday that he’s going to send robocalls to the five FCC commissioners — Ajit Pai, Michael O’Rielly, Brendan Carr, Jessica Rosenworcel, and Geoffrey Starks — every 90 minutes to hopefully annoy the FCC into taking action. Oliver notes that it only took his tech guy 15 minutes to set it up.

The repeating call goes:

Hi, FCC. This is John from customer service. Congratulations! You’ve just won a chance to lower robocalls in America today. Sorry, but I am a live person! Robocalls are incredibly annoying, and the person who can stop them is you! Talk to you again in 90 minutes. Here’s some bagpipe music.

While the FCC works on addressing robocall complaints, we have a guide at The Verge on how to manually stop these calls: