FCC stands tough on cell telemarketing

Nov 19 2003 - 08:45 AM ET | Number portability
The FCC is not backing down from its longstanding ban of telemarketing to cellphones. Telemarketing companies claim that with local number portability, it will be impossible to tell what numbers are cell phones (we reported earlier this month that you'll be able to take your home phone number to your cell, but not your cell number to your home number). A Newsday article sums it up well: bq. "... Databases identify cellular numbers, and telemarketers should update their lists daily, if necessary, FCC spokeswoman Rosemary Kimball said." Many US consumers have already put their cell phone number on the national do-not-call list even though it's technically only for landlines.