February 12, 2020
Carson City, NV – Nevada Attorney
General Aaron D. Ford’s office took another step to protect Nevadans from illegal
robocalls by announcing additional telephone companies that have agreed to adopt
and enforce the Anti-Robocall Principles. In August of last year, AG Ford
announced an agreement to combat illegal
robocalls as part of a bipartisan, public/private coalition of 51 attorneys
general and 12 telephone companies. The purpose of the agreement was to create
a unified team that made it easier for attorneys general to investigate and
prosecute illegal robocallers with the technological assistance and commitment
of the telephone companies. Since the initial agreement, three additional voice
providers have agreed to support and implement the Anti-Robocall Principles: Twilio,
Inc., Wabash Communications, and Shentel.
“I’m encouraged by the additional support we are receiving
from telephone companies who are willing to partner with us in our fight
against illegal robocalls here in Nevada and all over the country,” said AG Ford. “Robocalls are annoying,
illegal and can be outright dangerous, and my office will continue to develop
tools and collaborate with our law enforcement partners to protect you from
The telephone companies will continue to work with the
collation of attorneys generals by incorporating the following principles,
which are not limited to but include:
free, easy-to use call blocking and labeling tools to customers;
and monitoring network traffic consistent with robocalls;
and reporting suspicious illegal robocalling or spoofing; and
methods of authenticating phone calls.
By adopting the Anti-Robocall Principles, these telephone
companies also agreed to cooperate in traceback investigations, communicate
with the coalition of attorneys general regarding recognized scams and trends
in illegal robocalling, and confirm the identity of potential bad actors.
An updated copy of the Anti-Robocall Principles reflecting
the additional telephone companies is attached.