QUOTE(Eeyore @ Sep 26 2003, 08:27 AM)
Maybe you should look at what the judge in Denver was saying about this. I believe the ruling is that some callers are blocked while others are not (political campaigners).
Not just political campaigns, but other non-profit organizations, as well as companies you already hace a business relationship with (your bank, for instance, or newspaper subscription renewals, etc.).
There was a reason for the above exemptions. Political campaigns and non profit charities and the like because political speech has always been held in higher regard than commercial speech. If you already do have a business arrangement with a company, it's hard to argue against their ability to inform you of new services.
But I'm not saying it's right. There are plenty of other venues for politicians and charities and PACs to solicit money from, as well. They should all have been included. Even businesses could inform their customers via regular mail, e-mail, etc.
So, in my opinion, maybe the judge is right, sort of. If the FTC is going to block telemarketers, they should have blocked them all. For me, this isn't a free speech issue as much as it is a privacy issue. If I want to contribute to a charity or political campaign, I'll call them. My bank has a new service I might be interested in? Great, stuff a flyer in with my monthly statement. If I can use it, I'll call them or stop into my local branch office.
The fact of the matter is, there is a huge number of people in this country that don't want to be bothered with telemarketers. Period. On the other side of the fence, there is an even larger group who have yet to sign up on the do not call list. Maybe they mind the calls, maybe not, but they haven't indicated that they don't want to be called.
So, if you are a telemarketer, who would you rather call? Someone who has explicitly stated that they don't want to talk to you under any circumstances, or someone who has indicated that they don't necessarily mind the intrusion, and might be receptive to your message?
So, no, this isn't a "free speech" issue, this is a privacy issue. And I believe that in my home, my right to privacy trumps the callers right to try and make a profit, especially when he has plenty of other venues in which to sell his product.