ALBANY -- New York's attorney general has joined counterparts from 44 other states in calling on five major phone companies to offer call-blocking technology to customers to help stop robocalls.
Their joint letter to the company chief executives says a recent rule clarification by the Federal Communications Commission shows federal law doesn't prohibit that service.
The letters have been sent to AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile and CenturyLink.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says his office gets "numerous complaints every year" about unwanted phone solicitations.
At a U.S. Senate hearing in 2013, phone industry representatives said legal barriers prevented carriers from implementing advanced call-blocking technology.
Last year, 39 state attorneys general asked the FCC for the clarification, which the agency issued last month, prompting the letter from the attorneys general.
New push to stop robocalls through call-blocking technology