- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (STEN’-jum) says North Dakota has joined 38 other states in urging the Federal Communications Commission to better protect people from telemarketing and scam calls.

The states want the FCC to allow phone carriers to use existing call-blocking technology to better protect their customers from unwanted calls.

Stenehjem says the technology allows carriers to identify and block unwelcome sales calls at their customers’ request. But some carriers are reluctant to use it because of uncertainty about federal law.

Stenehjem says the attorneys general are asking for a formal opinion on the issue.

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