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We’re all for free speech and free enterprise, but when it comes to obnoxious and unwanted telephone solicitations, as well as e-mails promoting pornography, financial scams, and an array of questionable enterprises, we say enough is enough.
It is why KSL cheers the recently inaugurated national “do-not-call” list, launched June 27 by the Federal Trade Commission. Americans immediately began striking back at telemarketers by registering their phone numbers, either via a national toll-free number or the Internet - more than 10 million in the first week.
The jury is out on how effective the list will be. What’s clear, based on citizen reaction, is the desire many Americans have for a mechanism to tune out and turn off telemarketers.
It is also why KSL encourages Congress to find a similar means to reduce Internet spam. It is not enough to ask consumers merely to use the delete key. The flood of offensive e-mail spam has gone beyond the dikes of tolerance and is overwhelming innocent and unsuspecting victims.
As attractive as the argument is for unfettered growth of the Internet, far too many individuals have chosen to use it for nefarious purposes, and a means needs to be found to curb their intrusive abuse of a remarkable modern communications tool.