Phone Industry Heavyweight USTelecom Supports Robocall-Blocking Tools!
Public Policy Fellow
We’re overjoyed that USTelecom, a powerful phone industry group, is speaking out in favor of robocall-blocking tools!
USTelecom represents the major phone companies. That’s why we’re so excited that earlier this month, Senior VP Jon Banks took a strong stand in support of these tools. He told the Omaha World-Herald:
“Ask your phone company to offer robocall-blocking technology for which the FCC has now given the legal approval.”
We couldn’t agree more. It’s time to tell phone companies to offer you advanced robocall-blocking technology that will automatically screen annoying and unwanted robocalls.
So far, the free service Nomorobo is only available to those with modern landline service, like AT&T U-verse, Verizon FiOS, Comcast Xfinity, and Vonage. And, the free robocall-blocking service Primus Telemarketing Guard is currently only offered to Canadian landline consumers.
But lately, more and more influential voices are calling for these or similar tools to be offered to all phone customers. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has argued that phone companies “should” provide anti-robocall technology, and in June, the FCC voted to make clear that phone companies could legally offer it. Following the decision, attorneys general from 44 states and the District of Columbia told top phone companies to provide consumers with these tools. And eight US Senators have called on the FCC to work with the phone companies to develop and distribute robocall-blocking tools to consumers.
But we haven’t reached the finish line yet. We need you to push the phone companies to take responsibility for stopping unwanted robocalls. Please ask your phone company to provide free robocall-blocking tools! Hundreds of consumers just like you have already taken that action.
It’s easy: here are all the details on how to contact AT&T, Verizon, and CenturyLink. And if you’re not a customer, no problem! Please tell these top phone companies that you’d consider switching to a provider that offers these tools!