Consumers have until Sunday to add their phone numbers to the 41.7 million already on a list to block telemarketing calls starting Oct. 1. K. Dane Snowden, chief of the Federal Communications Commission (news - web sites)'s consumer and government affairs bureau, said those who sign up for the do-not-call list after this weekend likely will have to wait until early next year before calls are blocked.I have heard both sides of the argument, and i think the calls are a pain in the butt sometimes, just like everyone else, but what of the First Amendment implications?
Telemarketers have asked the federal courts to block the new rules, saying they violate their free speech rights. The case is pending.
Friday, August 29, 2003
This is a tough call, if you will pardon the pun.