I Don't Maintain A Phone Line To Make Sleazy Politicians' Sales Efforts Cheaper
The FTC is holding a robocalls summit:
The Federal Trade Commission will host a one-day public event on Thursday, October 18, 2012 to develop solutions to the rapid rise in illegal robocalls.
The Summit will include a report on the current state of the robocall technology and the industry, along with a discussion of the laws surrounding the use of robocalls. This will be followed by an exploration of potential technological solutions to the problem of illegal robocalls, including panels on caller-ID spoofing and call authentication technology, data mining and anomaly detection, and call-blocking technology.
I saw a tweet about the summit from anti-robocalling activist @SDakin and wrote the FTC this email (upon getting a robocall from California sleazebag legislator Henry Waxman, who thinks nothing of breaking state robocalling laws -- details below -- to make his re-election costs cheaper):
Sleazy politicians left a giant loophole in the TCPA -- allowing themselves to make robocalls to voters.
I just got a robocall from Henry Waxman -- illegal in California, due to his lack of a live person (per CA law) to introduce the call. Yes, here we have a man trying to be re-elected lawmaker by ILLEGALLY harassing California voters in their homes.
A call from a politician or about an issue is no less interruptive than a telemarketing call.
It hijacks a phone line we pay for and steals our time.
We don't maintain phone lines so we can let our calls go to voicemail or so we can make politicians' marketing efforts cheaper.
We maintain them so we can hear from friends, family, and people of interest to us.
Kill the exemptions to the telemarketing law -- now.
Do not enable sleazy politicians in stealing our time and use of our phone lines.
Typical Federal Government -- nothing works. From the FTC's Facebook page today (yes, the FTC has a Facebook page):
Good morning. If you are joining us for our Robocall Summit, we are experiencing audio issues. You can watch the webcast here with closed captioning: http://bit.ly/VaRgWX. You can call-in to hear the summit as well. In the U.S., please call (866) 286-9705. Internationally please call (904) 486-9014. Host is Bruce Jennings. Confirmation number is 268781. More details posted on our website. Thank you for your patience!
PS When politicians call you at home, or have their recorded messages phone you, interrupting your life, it seems clear they think it's okay to invade people's home lives. So, what is there to do but find their home number, if possible (try Zabasearch.com) and call them at home and chew them out. I've done this on a number of occasions and it's extremely satisfying.