(Manu Fernandez/Associated Press)

Thanks for the Jan. 14 Washington Post Magazine article “Washington vs. robo callers.” The true source of robo-call evil is the big telecommunication companies.

A raft of information precedes every phone connection so that the provider knows what account to bill. Regardless of spoofed phone numbers and fake caller IDs, the providers ultimately know who is responsible. Just ask them and see if they can say that they have no idea whom to charge for using their services. The ugly truth is that these providers have, for decades, encouraged and helped telemarketing because telemarketers are great customers for their phone services.

What really frosts me is that I can finally get Nomorobo for my cellphone, but I have to pay for that “service.” So the provider is making money aiding and abetting the telemarketers and now is going to rake in more from consumers to keep those calls from getting through. They must be laughing all the way to the bank.

Michael J. Mercer, Vienna