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Sun, May 19

Letter: ‘Do Not Call’ me

Editor:

Most people I know get several unwanted telephone solicitations each day even though their phone numbers are on the “do not call registry.”

They all consider this a major annoyance. You too?

Do you wonder how the telemarketers are able to get away with this?

When a telemarketer dials your number, the caller-ID that shows on your phone’s screen is nearly always a fake number, so it is impossible for you to report them to the FCC; thus, making the “do not call registry” virtually useless.

According to the FCC this “spoofing” of the caller-ID information is perfectly legal and can’t be punished as long as no harm to you is intended or caused – but isn’t invasion of our privacy a form of harm? Does a telemarketer have a unilateral right to make our phone ring? I don’t think so.

Please write to your Congressional representatives and to Mr. Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC, at ajit.pai@fcc.gov, tell them to make spoofing illegal and restore the enforceability of the “do not call registry.”

Bill Hezzelwood

Prescott

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