The agency also has said that providers may block calls, and cast a preliminary vote to require the digital authentication if carriers fail to install it by year's end.
The major players - AT&T, Comcast, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon (Engadget's parent company) - are on board, as well as smaller carriers - Bandwidth, CenturyLink, Charter, Consolidated, Frontier, US Cellular and Windstream.
-Implementing technology that verifies the sources of phone calls.
The new memorandum of understanding is a voluntary set of principles by which phone companies agree to provide customers with free call blocking and labeling technology, to monitor their networks for robocall traffic and to identify bad actors.
The deal, announced Thursday, will help protect consumers from receiving illegal robocalls, and assist law enforcement in investigating and prosecuting bad actors, said North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein, who is leading the effort that includes all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Now this partnership that includes 12 carriers and 51 state attorneys generals could help speed up the carriers' efforts to get more cross-network call verification going to fight spam calls.
"Robocalls are so common because they are easy to make, very cheap, and they work", Alex Quilici, chief executive of YouMail, told AFP in a recent interview.
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To report robocalls, visit the Attorney General's website.
A dozen phone companies in OH and around the nation have promised to help crack down on robocalls by identifying the source of the calls and deploying anti-spoofing technology, under an agreement reached with attorneys general in OH and other states.
"Robocalls are invasive, annoying, and harmful to the American people", said Healey.
"Thanks to these prevention principles our phones will ring less often".
"Robocalls are also a very effective device for illegal conduct", said New Hampshire Attorney General Gordon MacDonald.
"I salute today's bipartisan, nationwide effort to encourage best practices for combating robocalls and spoofing and am pleased that several voice service providers have agreed to abide by them", said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement. "And our call blocking work has cleared the way for blocking of unwanted robocalls by default and of likely scam calls using non-existent phone numbers". According to YouMail, which conducted the survey, that represented a almost 57 percent increase in total robocall volume over 2017 figures.