US state legal bosses, telecom companies set to crack down on robocalls

WASHINGTON: Attorneys general from 50 US states and the District of Columbia will announce on Thursday that they are teaming up with major telecommunications providers, including AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Comcast Corp, Sprint Corp and T-Mobile Us Inc, to crack down on unwanted robocalls, according to a document seen by Reuters.

The state AGs and companies disclose non-binding "anti-robocall principles."

The companies agreed to take steps to reduce unwanted calls and work with state attorney generals on "reputable scams and trends in illegal robocalling" and to update states on "potential additional solutions to combat illegal robocall. "

Robocalls is the largest source of complaints to the Federal Communications Commission, the Federal Trade Commission, and to many state attorneys general. Congress has been working on legislation to crack down on unwanted calls in recent months.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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