COLUMBUS (News Talk 1480 WHBC) – Ohio Attorney General Dave Yoast is continuing to aggressively address Robocalls. Today the AG announced that 12 phone service providers have agreed to adopt anti-robocall practices as part of an initiative with his office and 50 other attorneys general.

Under the agreement, the service providers will work to prevent illegal robocalls by:

  • Implementing call-blocking technology at the network level at no cost to customers.
  • Providing customers with free, easy-to-use call blocking and labeling tools.
  • Implementing technology to verify that calls are coming from a valid source.
  • Monitoring their networks for robocall traffic.

Additionally, the companies will assist attorneys general with anti-robocall enforcement by:

  • Knowing who their customers are so bad actors can be identified and investigated.
  • Investigating and taking action against suspicious callers, which includes notifying law enforcement and state attorneys general.
  • Working with law enforcement, including attorneys general, to trace the origins of illegal robocalls.
  • Requiring phone companies with which they contract to cooperate and trace back identification.

Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and T Mobile are just a few who will work to prevent the calls under the new agreement.