This falls under “You’ve got to be kidding me.” When you registered with the do not call list back in 2002, you probably thought you were set for life. Well, it turns out that wasn’t entirely the case. It was actually only good for a 5-year hiatus on phone calls during dinner.
Do you think anyone is thinking, “after 5 years, I kind of miss those phone solicitations?” Not likely.
So, the obvious thing to do would be to extend the list, right? Fortunately, a pro-people Democrat from Pennsylvania is trying to do just that:
Do Not Call listings aren’t forever
But Rep. Mike Doyle, D-Pa., says people should not be forced to re-register to keep telemarketers at bay. Doyle introduced legislation this week, with bipartisan support, to make registrations permanent.
“When someone takes the time and effort to say ‘I don’t want these kinds of calls coming into my house,’ they shouldn’t have to keep a calendar to find out when they have to re-up to keep this nuisance from happening,” Doyle said in an interview.
The person put in the unfortunately position for defending the expiration of people’s wishes is Lydia Parnes from the FTC:
“It is incredibly quick and easy to do,” Lydia Parnes, director of the FTC’s bureau of consumer protection, said in an interview with The Associated Press this week. “It was so easy for people to sign up in the first instance. It will be just as easy for them to re-up.”
Why won’t the FTC just let us be?