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Friday, August 28, 2009

Robocall politics

Some things should be handled by robots, and some things should not. Exploration of the outer solar system, for now, should be robotic (I'll have more on that soon) while telemarketing calls should not. So, while I'm glad that a ban is being placed on robocalls, I'm nonplussed to see that the politicians enacting it have exempted ... themselves.
Calls from politicians, public service announcements and "informational" calls will be exempt from the new rule. A call alerting a traveler that his or her flight has been delayed would still be allowed, for example.
So push polls and political smears still make the cut?

UPDATE: Yes, they do. What a crock:
However for those who have called on the FTC to help eliminate the other phone scourge - political robocalls - the new rules will not help. Calls from political campaigns are considered protected speech the FTC said.
How about if a political campaign sprays graffiti on my front door? Is that also protected speech?

1 comment:

McCleary said...

I'm appalled by the exception as well. Note the careful insertion of the word "commercial: in Leibowitz's explanation:

"American consumers have made it crystal clear that few things annoy them more than the billions of commercial telemarketing robocalls they receive every year."

Like Americans aren't annoyed by political robocalls?

I plan to report every single political robocall I get.