LITTLE ROCK — Phone companies can allow customers to block unwanted robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday in an opinion that attorneys general of 39 states, including Arkansas, had requested.

LITTLE ROCK — Phone companies can allow customers to block unwanted robocalls, the Federal Communications Commission said Thursday in an opinion that attorneys general of 39 states, including Arkansas, had requested.


In a 3-2 vote, the FCC said phone companies are legally allowed to use call-blocking technology to block robocalls if customers request the service. Some companies had said they believed FCC rules prevented them from determining which calls should be blocked.


Former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel joined with 38 other state attorneys general in sending a letter to the FCC in September asking for the opinion.


"This action empowers consumers to protect themselves against unwanted and, at times, harassing robocalls," FCC Chairman Wheeler said in a statement Thursday. "This important ruling would give the green light to phone companies to offer market-based solutions that allow today’s technologies to address today’s consumer problems."