August 23, 2019
LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel yesterday joined 50 Attorneys General and 12 major telecom providers in an agreement to fight illegal robocalls. The Anti-Robocall Principles established with AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon, and Windstream will better protect residents from illegal robocalls and make it easier for states to investigate and prosecute bad actors.
“This is a major step forward in combating robocalls in Michigan and across the country,” said Nessel. “Far too many residents fall victim to illegal robocall scams and we cannot wait any longer to address this egregious public nuisance. This should serve as a notice to bad actors that my colleagues, the phone companies and I will be relentless in our efforts to stop these predatory calls.”
The principles crack down on illegal robocalls in two primary ways – prevention and enforcement.
Phone companies will work to prevent illegal robocalls by:
Phone companies will assist states’ anti-robocall enforcement by:
The phone companies will stay in close communication with the coalition of Attorneys General to continue to optimize robocall protections as technology and scammer techniques change.
Michigan joins 49 other states, Washington, D.C., and the phone companies in establishing the Anti-Robocall Principles.