I guess what was once an email hoax could become a reality. Republican Legislator Lee Terry(R-Nebraska) introduced a bill(H.R.-3035) that could create a loophole for telemarketers to call your cellphone. You could be inundated with robocalls for “informational purposes,” if the GOP and its corporate handlers get their way.
The bill before the House Committee on Commerce and Energy plays the game of semantics by offering a list of specious arguments because 40% of us use our cellphones as primary landlines. Congressman Terry says most people won’t be hit by extra charges because we have:
- Cheap flat-rate plans
- Greatly reduced per-minute charges
- Prior business relationships (if you give your number to any business that will be considered “prior consent”)
Terry’s measure is designed to do an end run around calls from debt collectors. The Nebraska GOPer has presented the bill in a most altruistic light:
- These calls notify consumers about data breaches and fraud alerts
- Provide timely notice of flight and service appointment cancellations
- Drug recalls
- Protect consumers against the adverse consequences of failure to make timely payments on an account
If you do business with Mike’s Garage--could Mike “robo” you with an “informational” call? Maybe. Buy something, request info from a business, enter a competition, ask about a service then you could go on the public hit list.