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So this good news in case you missed it: "Under the new FCC rules, telemarketers are required to obtain written consent, which can be in the form of an online approval, before placing autodialed or prerecorded calls to a consumer." It applies to text messages as well and goes into effect in "the coming months."
Those aggravating automated telemarketing calls will be interrupting your dinner a lot less often. After receiving thousands of complaints from consumers, the Federal Communications Commission...
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Hopefully political campaigns asking for money get added into this also.
+Jason Hemsley They won't be. Exceptions are always made so that the people who make the rules don't get caught by them.
+Jason Hemsley +Scott Oldfield Sorry, guys... "The FCC's changes still permit informational calls, such as those related to school closings and flight changes. Charities and political organizations are also exempt."
I'm sure they'll listen, just like how they were supposed to respect the Do Not Call list :P
We SO need this is in Spain. I would actually ban telemarketing altogether.
Good, now perhaps Art Van will stop robo-dialing my cellphone to tell me about their sales.

I once purchased a $10 rubber duck for my daughter there, that's it, apparently that means I want to know about their $2000 couches, too.
Watch the eulas and fine print in agreements, I'm sure it won't take companies long to get around this.
We need this in Europe. In America they can't hide their number so you can block them. In the UK they can, so no option of blocking
I still get calls from places that block their numbers unfortunately.

As for the Do Not Call list, I don't get unwanted telemarketing calls anymore, I just get calls for the last "owner" of my number. Apparently someone still wants their money. x.x

School closings / flight changes calls = good.

Political organizations haven't pestered me... yet
Are you kidding? Nearly every company number I get has caller id turned off, drives me nuts. Or they use a number you can't call back directly. 
People you owe money to can call you all they want, too. There's apparently, no limit, though the FCC may take complaints if they're calling at hours that could be considered unreasonable.
What +Larry Troyer said. They'll just update the agreement you have to sign. Probably around the same place that requires you give up the right to sue and agree to arbitration instead.
+Randall Hunt Actually they are guidelines as to when debt collectors can call you. There is the Fair Debt Collection Act which gives specific guidelines about when and how they contact you. How frequently they do so, what they can and can't say, etc. etc.

It's always best to record calls with debt collectors. You catch em in a violation of the FDCA and you settle for pennies on dollars usually.
That's only for debt collection agencies... but for companies you have an open and active account, the rules are different.
The major problem with the current Do Not Call regulations are the number of exemptions: As +ThinkGeek says, charities and political organizations are exempt. Any business you've made a purchased from in the last 90 days is also exempt, and I think there's also some exemption for local small businesses. It's not perfect, but it HAS reduced the number of calls.
As +Chris Roeszler mentions, we get collection calls occasionally for a couple of previous owners of our number (even though we've had this number for close to 6 years). Apparently some company was using my Google Voice number as the outgoing number on their calls, because people used to call and leave me messages like "Stop ** calling me and hanging up! I'm going to sue your ***". I almost NEVER use my Google Voice number for outgoing calls. :p Whoever it was must have stopped because I haven't gotten these types of calls in a couple of years.
Our calls have gone up recently thanks to the upcoming election... Newt Gingrinch keeps trying to call me... :p I'm also getting political survey calls.
Any tweaking to these rules that reduce the number of unwanted calls is welcome. :)
I would think those politicos would honor your request to remove your number when they talk to you.
Telemarketers have gotten around the Do Not Call thing by moving their call centers outside the US. These new FCC rules probably won't make much difference.
I thought robo-calling was already prohibited? It doesn't seem to stop many telemarketers who use such tactics, along with fake caller ID.
Now if they can just get "Rachel from cardholder services" and the people trying to sell me security systems to adhere to this, I'll be ecstatic.
How about the robodialer that uses the obviously recorded or synthesized voice that says, "Sorry! Wrong number!"
+Randall Hunt I don't think anyone is exempt from you saying "put me on your do-not-call list". My understanding is that the exemptions are only the default "permissions".

+Meghan Sanders We, too, get those "so-and-so from cardholder services" calls. And "update your free Google listing". And all sorts of other robo-calls.

I'd hate to think how many calls we'd be getting if there were no do-not-call list. We rarely get a telemarketing call from a "legitimate" business, where they actually understand that it's a waste of their money to call us. It's also "amazing" :-) how many different area codes (and states, and time zones) the same caller (same recorded voice) calls from.
I foresee many call centers being consolidated, and reduced in size.
I wonder what trickery will be used to get your agreement.
Same as vampires can't come into your house without being invited.
Right, so they pose as building inspectors and such.
Best way I've seen for vampires to get around that is to simply own the houses and lease them back to people. Then they can enter at will.
That explains the mentality of most apartment complex owners...
But who's going to enforce this?
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