Does the Do Not Call List Work?
Unsolicited phone calls can be aggravating and annoying, but can they be stopped?
As far back as 1991, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has tried to stop unsolicited phone calls. Original rules included provisions that anyone who calls has to provide his or her name, the company from which they are calling, and a number at which to be called back. Calls could also not be made after 9 p.m. or before 8 a.m.
Now, with many people having caller ID, ignoring solicitation calls has been made easier than before. You can also request your number be put on a national do not call list by visiting the Do Not Call Web site. Each state also has it's own do not call list that can be found at the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners Web site.
But with all the ways to identify and stop unwanted callers, many companies still find a way to make the calls, even with a FCC fine as a threat.
Are you getting more and more unsolicited calls even though you are on the Do Not Call List? Tell us in the comments box.