LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday he has joined with 38 other attorneys general in asking the Federal Communications Commission for an opinion on whether phone companies can legally block telemarketing calls at the request of customers.

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said Tuesday he has joined with 38 other attorneys general in asking the Federal Communications Commission for an opinion on whether phone companies can legally block telemarketing calls at the request of customers.


McDaniel said in a news release that although call-blocking technologies have been developed for phone companies to use to block telemarketer calls, some companies have said FCC rules prohibit them from determining which calls should be blocked.


The attorneys general sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on Tuesday asking for an opinion on the matter. The letter argues that call-blocking technologies appear to be the first major advancement toward protecting consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls.


McDaniel also encouraged Arkansas consumers to sign up for the federal Do Not Call Registry. Registration is free, and both residential and wireless phone numbers can be placed on the list, he said.