The fight to end robocalls [telecom]

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- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - With much fanfare earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved a rule allowing phone companies to block robocalls on your mobile or home phone.

"If there is one thing in our country today that unites Republicans and Democrats, liberals and conservatives, socialists and liber- tarians, vegetarians and carnivores, Ohio State and Michigan fans, it is that they are sick and tired of being bombarded by unwanted robocalls," said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, adding, "We hear you, and we are on your side."

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Bill Horne
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Let's see if they ban political and survey calls, which get worse year after year. My phone rings continuously in October, even in offyear elections, with political pitch calls.

I also get flooded with political survey calls, most of which are automated. I can't help suspect some of them are scams. None are from well known organizations. I heard if you participate they then turn on the sales pitch.

***** Moderator's Note *****

Political campaigns and charitable organizations are exempt from the requirement to check the do-not-call list.

I always fight back: when a clerk plays me the recording of Elizabeth Warren, I tell him/her that I think Elizabeth should spend more money on preserving the Southern Creek Darters, and I lean back and listen while the clerk switches on the recording about environmental conerns. When the recording asks me to push a button to contribute, I get to the money taker and complain that the Southern Creek Darters are a baseball team. They stop calling me.

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