Philadelphia Inquirer Shines Spotlight on End Robocalls Campaign

Maureen Mahoney
Public Policy Fellow

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

Yesterday, forty-five attorneys general joined Consumers Union, the FCC, the FTC, and thousands of consumers in calling on phone companies to do more to address robocalls – and the message is getting a lot of attention.

In a letter to AT&T, Verizon, CenturyLink, T-Mobile, and Sprint, the AGs said that it’s time to “offer call-blocking technology to your consumers.”

The Philadelphia Inquirer quoted Tim Marvin of Consumers Union’s End Robocalls campaign after news broke of the AG letter: “Robocalls ring day and night and too often target vulnerable consumers with costly rip-offs. State law enforcement officials, federal regulators, and the public all agree — the phone companies need to do more to stop robocalls before they invade our homes.  Phone carriers are in the best position to provide their customers with relief and it’s time for them to act.”

The Portland Press Herald (Maine) also showcased Consumers Union’s national campaign and petition to End Robocalls after the release of the letter.

The AGs latest action racked up coverage in BloombergReuters, and the Wall Street Journal, as well as a number of local news outlets.

Over 325,000 consumers have signed our petition to the phone companies: “I demand that you provide free tools to block unwanted robocalls before they reach my phone.” Join in the fight and sign our petition at!

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