Thursday, June 30, 2005

FCC Re-Opens Comment Period

After apparenly pondering the issue for several months, the FCC has decided to reopen the public comment period on the CBA's petition to have the feds override Indiana's Telephone Privacy List. This is a positive development, and we can thank the efforts by the public at large for convincing the FCC to hear us out.

At the same time, the FCC has opened the public comment period concerning the second petition to override the Indiana Telephone Privacy Law by a coalition consisting of telemarketers and non-profit corproations who use telemarketers; we call it the "joint petition." In short, people can comment now on both petitions and tell the feds that we do not want more telemarketing calls.

The page for submitting comments electronically is here and directions on how to submit comments can be found here. You can also comment by mail. A few suggested tips for commenting:

1. For both petitions, reference Docket #02-278. If you are submitting electronically, this means entering "02-278" in the proceeding field (field #1).

2. For the CBA petition, reference file number DA 05-1347. If you are submitting electronically, this means entering "DA 05-1347" in the file number field (field #13).

3. For the joint petition, reference file number DA 05-1346. If you are submitting electronically, this means entering "DA 05-1346" in the file number field (field #13).

4. Please be polite. We understand the strong emotions surrounding this issue, because we feel the same way. But the best way to convince the FCC to listen to us is to be passionate but polite.