Wired News: Court Blocks Telemarketing List
i knew it wouldn’t last
I want more info! They’re only a district court. And why do they consider the FTC to be overstepping their boundaries?
It was a Federal court. The judge said the issue was whether the FTC had the authority to make a national do-not-call registry. He said that the 1994 Telemarketing and Consumer Fraud and Abuse Prevention Act gave the Federal Communications Commission, not the FTC, the authority to operate a national database of people who object to receiving telephone solicitations.
So, the good news is that it’s just a nit-picky argument over whether it’s the FCC or the FTC that’s supposed to do it. Nothing agreeing with the telemarters’ contention that this infringes on their freedom of speech.
Alas, this is bad news. Because the FCC is so out of whack these days, if this becomes their baby, it ain’t gonna happen, at least any time soon.
The FCC is so seriously into Big Business these days that this won’t stand a chance. Look up the FCC’s actions concerning BPL (Broadband Over Powerline) if you’d like further evidence. (That matter hasn’t been fully apporved yet, thankfully, but they aren’t jumping to stop it, either.) Big Business means big bucks, and that’s what the FCC is concerned with these days.
(Did I mention that I’m an FCC licensed Amatuer Operator? That I have to deal with the results of FCC actions, or in-actions, regularly? Don’t get me started!)
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