Dedicated Activists Deliver Over 600,000 End Robocalls Petitions to AT&T in Dallas
Public Policy Fellow
A hardy group of robocalls activists banded together today to deliver over 600,000 petition signatures to AT&T headquarters in Dallas. Their demand? End Robocalls now!
Braving some light rain showers in Dallas, consumers gathered at AT&T headquarters to deliver the signatures to the company. A small group met with an AT&T representative and shared their compelling stories. Click here for coverage in our sister publication, the Consumerist.
For the past year, Consumers Union has been fighting to push phone companies to stop robocalls. We’ve received an overwhelming response from consumers – it’s our fastest-growing campaign ever. Unwanted calls are the top complaint to Consumers Union, the FCC, and the FTC, and we believe that phone companies are in the best position to provide solutions to consumers. That’s why consumers are calling on them to provide free, effective tools that will stop robocalls before they reach consumers’ homes.
Already we’re seeing major progress, as provider Time Warner Cable recently began offering their voice customers the well-reviewed call-blocking service Nomorobo, for free.
With the delivery, consumers made it clear to AT&T that it’s time for a real change. Despite the Do Not Call list – which has 222 million numbers registered – we continue to get thousands of complaints about unwanted calls. Over 33,500 consumers have written to us, like small business owner Curtis. Curtis attended the event and spoke to NBC-5 in Dallas about the calls that interrupt his work: “I get calls all over the place . . . maybe 3 or 4 a day.” Click here for more on Curtis’s experiences with robocalls and how they affect his business.
Additional coverage from NBC-5 featured an interview with Paula McDaniel, an End Robocalls activist who also attended the event. Paula spoke of her mother, who has been victimized by phone scammers that use robocalls to take advantage of consumers. “She has been scammed on numerous occasions,” said Paula.
Stay tuned – we’ll be updating this space as more coverage of the event rolls in. And please click here to join the End Robocalls campaign!