Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr announced that he's joining a coalition of other attorneys general and several phone companies to fight illegal robocalls.

The coalition consists of attorneys general from all fifty states plus Washington, D.C. and twelve phone companies.

To protect phone users and prosecute bad actors, phone companies in the coalition have agreed to fight robocalls by:

  • Implementing call-blocking technology at the network level at no cost to customers.
  • Implementing call-blocking technology at the network level at no cost to customers.
  • Making available to customers additional, free, easy-to-use call blocking and labeling tools.
  • Implementing technology to authenticate that callers are coming from a valid source.
  • Monitoring their networks for robocall traffic.
  • Knowing who their customers are so bad actors can be identified and investigated.
  • Investigating and taking action against suspicious callers – including notifying law enforcement and state attorneys general.
  • Working with law enforcement, including state attorneys general, to trace the origins of illegal robocalls.
  • Requiring telephone companies with which they contract to cooperate in traceback identification.

The phone companies involved include AT&T, Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Consolidated, Frontier, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Verizon and Windstream.