I like this. Lots:
The Federal Trade Commission by the end of this month will begin taking requests from consumers who want their phone numbers made off-limits to telemarketers.
The federal plan is similar to programs in more than two dozen states where consumers can place their phone numbers on so-called do-not-call registries. Those programs appear to have effectively curbed some unwanted telephone solicitations.
Under the new federal rules, telemarketers who call phone numbers that have been listed on a nationwide do-not-call registry database will be subject, beginning on Oct. 1, to fines of up to $11,000 for each violation.
This concept has become more popular as technology has allowed companies to pitch their wares to millions of consumers over telephone, e-mail, and now even mobile phones.
I absolutely hate it when I get calls from telemarketers on my cell phone during peak hours. Just infuriates me.