Wednesday, September 24, 2003

Telemarketers Win a Skirmish 

Fox News is reporting that a federal court in Oklahoma has ruled that the FTC does not have the authority to create a national do-not-call list. Congressmen Billy Tauzin (R-LA) and John Dingell (D- MI) say they believe that Congress did confer the necessary authority on the FTC and are confident that the ruling will be reversed.

Here's the line that I find interesting: "The telemarketing industry estimates the do-not-call list could cut its business in half, costing it up to $50 billion in sales each year."

Now, these bozos who delight in interrupting our dinners claim that they don't want to bother people who don't want to be called (links to .pdf file - see first comment by Volner). If that's true, how does the above quote from the story make any sense at all? It can only mean that many people who claim that they don't like telemarketers actually listen to their pitches, and get sucked in. Be tough, people!

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