Republicans and Democrats have come together to offer a new jobs package in the House. Well should I say “Republican” and “Democrat” in the names of Rep. Lee Terry [R-NE2] and Edolphus Towns [D-NY10]. The two have introduced HR 3035, the “Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011”, which gives this quick summary:
To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to permit informational calls to mobile telephone numbers, and for other purposes.
“Informational calls” is a nice way of saying “robo-calls”. This will certainly increase the hiring of people in these call centers, even though most are over seas.
Currently under federal law these types of calls are illegal to place to cellular phones. This strips that law and makes it fair game now. The bill doesn’t stop there though. It also forbids states from enacting their own laws banning these types of calls.
Of course not everyone thinks this bill is bad [pdf file]. Numerous businesses, including banks and the Chamber of Commerce, have written Reps. Town and Terry to thank them for introducing it.
If you don’t have an unlimited cell plan, I would look at changing or getting rid of it. This bill will open the floodgates to countless unwanted calls just eating away at your minutes. Remember, consumers have no rights or protections in a 21st century America. Both political parties are in power only to serve corporations while screwing over “we the people”.