“We Decline”

Proposal: Since most, if not all, states already have some form of Do Not Call legislation, why not consolidate these laws into a Federal Do Not Call Registry, initially capitalized with stimulus funding. Furthermore, since this contest has been initiated due to the public outcry of invasion of privacy, then the public should participate in the battle to secure their own privacy.

Procedure: 1. Within the National Do Not Call Registry (NDNCR) program, establish a per-violation financial penalty against any telemarketer, no matter how many telephone numbers it uses to conduct its business.

The public at large will be required to screen and report the phone number, time and date of each privacy violation to the NDNCR, using a Hot Line, Internet or Email. This provides a verifiable record of the violation via FCC records, if necessary. At some arbitrary number of reports received, say, 20, establish a ‘Beginning Count’ for the specific Telemarketing Company. This becomes the ‘1st Violation’ and constitutes the count-up of each individually reported call regardless of the initiating phone number(s) from that Telemarketer

1st violations will require the guilty telemarketers to pay sufficient fines, say $50,000 - $60,000 sufficient to support staffing of the NDNCR. Additional fines will flow to the General Revenue Fund.

Publish a statement, putting all telemarketers on notice that the NDNCR program will begin on a given date. Such date is to be a reasonable time period, say 30 - 60 days. Further, the NDNCR program is to continue for as long as telemarketing violations continue to be reported and for 180 days beyond the last violation. This applies to ALL telemarketers as a class. Alternatively, make the NDNCR program permanent with no specific end date, depending on the general public’s response.

7 comments

over 1 year ago

Finding the robocallers is the problem. If you ask them who they are or where they are located, they will hang up on you.

Current fines are $500 per robocall, $1,500 for intentional robocall. The problem is finding the bad actors.

over 1 year ago

Ah! Understanding the problem is the 1st step in solving it. My bad.

Back to the drawing board.

Thanks "M"

over 1 year ago

Also now robo callers are using fake numbers that have been disconnected.

over 1 year ago

FTC says it lacks manpower to enforce junk call laws. How about creating some jobs here and paying for them on the EZ pass model.
Make the perpetrators pay a stiff administrative fee or go to trial and pay stiff fines.

over 1 year ago

Sorry Michael M:
"Finding the robocallers is the problem. If you ask them who they are or where they are located, they will hang up on you."

I believe I read the specifications correctly. Aren't robo-callers automated, recorded phone calls? Not calls from live people? How can a recording hang up?

over 1 year ago

Joanne, Typically, once you answer the robocall, a human agent will come on the line to make the pitch. As soon as you ask any question that might help lead to the perpetrator, they hang up.

about 1 year ago

There already is a national DNC list. Many of these calls come from overseas using voip and they can display any number they want.

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