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September 24, 2003

Federal Do Not Call List Blocked by Court

A federal court in Oklahoma thinks the FTC overstepped it’s authority when it established the wildly popular national do not call list. The decision comes just a week before the list will go into effect. To date approximately 50 million phone numbers have been added to the list. The court action was prompted by a law suit filed by the Direct Marketing Association (and other marketing groups). The DMA some how thinks that the list violates free speech and discriminates against them as an industry. The FTC has only said that they have received and are reviewing the court ruling. The U.S. Representatives in large part responsible for the legislation allowing the FTC to establish the list, Reps. Tauzin and Dingell, said they were “confident this ruling will be overturned and the nearly 50 million Americans who have signed up for the do-not-call list will remain free from unwanted telemarketing calls in the privacy of their own homes.”

Can the telemarketers really be that out of touch with reality? Sorry guys, but I won’t shed any tears for you–I personally supported the legislation that made unsolicited commercial telemarketing a federal offense punishable by 50 lashes with stripped Cat5e cable. Unfortunately, that bill never made it to the floor for a vote.
via Reuters

Posted by Eric at September 24, 2003 12:55 PM | TrackBack
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