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BERLIN, GERMANY - SEPTEMBER 16: A visitor tries out an Apple iPhone 7 on the first day of sales of the new phone at the Berlin Apple store on September 16, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. The new phone comes in two sizes, one with a 4.7 inch display, the other with a 5.5 inch display. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

You know those “Scam Likely” calls you get that annoy you on a daily basis?

Federal regulators voted Thursday to give phone companies the right to block unwanted calls without getting customers’ permission first.

The Federal Communications Commission’s decision could make call-blocking widespread and help you dodge annoying robocalls which pester you every single day.

Here’s a stipulation though: Phone companies don’t actually have to do anything, and they could start charging you if they do — just as they now charge for some caller ID features. The FCC expects phone companies to offer these tools for free, but it doesn’t mean they have to.

There are 5 billion robocalls made per month in the U.S., according to call-blocker YouMail. That equals out to 14 calls per person.

Read here what other phone companies plan to do regarding robocalls.