Eight Senators Call on FCC, Phone Companies to Stop Robocalls

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Wednesday, August 5th, 2015

Each day, we’re amazed at the progress that you’ve made toward ending robocalls – in less than one year! Just today, eight senators are ramping up the momentum in the fight against unwanted calls. They’re asking the FCC to work with the phone companies to make sure you have free tools that will block robocalls!

Sens. Ed Markey (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Al Franken (D-MN), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) sent a letter to the FCC today, commending them for their recent ruling that gave phone companies the “green light” to offer advanced tools to stop robocalls. Said the Senators, “We strongly support these measures that will help Americans protect their privacy and minimize annoying telemarketing calls and texts.”

But, the Senators said,

“[T]he FCC should work with carriers and industry associations to help facilitate the development of effective “Do Not Disturb” technologies that can block robocalls and robotexts to consumers’ wireless and wireline phones. This technology should be developed and deployed as quickly as possible and it should be offered to all consumers at no additional cost.”

The Senators join an increasing number of top government officials and agencies that are working to stop robocalls. Last month, 45 attorneys general called on the major phone companies to offer consumers effective anti-robocall tools. And, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler recently said that phone companies “can – and in fact should – offer consumers robocall-blocking tools.”

Still, the phone companies are showing no signs of letting up. That’s why we’re calling on you to contact AT&T, Verizon, or CenturyLink, and tell them you want free, robocall blocking tools. And, if you’re not a customer, tell them that you’d be willing to switch if they did provide those tools! Get all the details on how to participate here.

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4 responses to “Eight Senators Call on FCC, Phone Companies to Stop Robocalls”

  1. Kirk says:

    I called CenturyLink just now and they do not offer free call blocking service. They said you could call in a nuisance number or pay a monthly fee for help with robocalls.

  2. Roger Dreyfoos says:

    Our Telco and internet service provider is Sonic.net. They are cutting edge on the banishment of the telemarketing scourge.
    They received permission from the FCC and can now include NoMoRobo. It’s amazing to have the telemarketing calls drop from an average of perhaps four per day – which is as much as I can stand before unplugging the land line – down to one – or less – per week! And we understand that this is a system that will only get better over time, as it builds its badboy list.

  3. We want free robocalls blocking tools.

  4. John Loewen says:

    I fully support this effort. BUT, why are only Democrats supporting this push? Where are the Republicans? And please don’t leave out COMCAST which provides VoIP phone service to many, many customers. We need to get on their case also to provide free, effective blocking of robo calls.

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