FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE : Tuesday, September 09, 2014
CONTACT: Sara Rabern (605)773-3215
Attorney General Marty Jackley and 38 Other Attorneys General Address Annoying Robocalls
PIERRE, S.D – Attorney General Marty Jackley and 38 other State Attorneys General today have asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for an official opinion that would allow telephone carriers’ the legal ability to implement call-blocking technology.
“Locating and prosecuting telemarketing practices is extremely difficult. Our Consumer Protection Division spends a great deal of time working with consumers who have fallen victim to telemarketing scams or who have just outright been harassed with calls they do not want. The implementation of innovative call-blocking technology is a necessary way to stop the unwanted and costly robocalls,” said Jackley.
Despite State and Federal enforcement efforts, consumers, continue to be harassed by unwanted sales calls. The Attorneys General are asking the FCC to authorize the telephone carriers to implement call-blocking technologies, such as NoMoRobo, Call Control and Telemarketing Guard, which have been developed to enable carriers to identify and block unwelcome sales calls at their customers’ request.