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Cell phones can be added to do-not-call list

By JACK WEATHERLY

Starting Friday, Mississippians will be able to sign up on the state do-not-call list to block telemarketing calls and text messages on their cell phones.

That’s when an amendment to the state Telephone Solicitation Act of 2003 takes effect.

Those who want to get their cell phones on the registry simply need to go to the Mississippi Public Service Commission website, http://www.psc.state.ms.us/, and sign up.

Registration done by July 31 will go into effect Sept. 1.

Commission Chairman Brandon Presley said that the regulatory agency is working toward establishing a phone app to make the process even simpler.

For years, efforts to add cellphones to the act, which only addresses landlines, have gotten no traction in the Legislature.

Cellphones are fast overtaking landlines across the country.

And especially so in Mississippi, said Presley.

The state has the highest percentage of cellphone-only households, Presley said in interview earlier this year. “Landlines are rapidly diminishing,” Presley said.

With the amended state law, Mississippians will not have to deal with Federal Communications Commission and its “bundle of bureaucracy,” Presley said.

He said the law is a matter of “privacy protection.” Calls for political purposes and by charitable organizations will be excepted, as they have been since the law was passed in 2003.

About half of the 50 states ban cellphone solicitations. Some states rely solely on the federal Do Not Call Registry, which applies to cellphones used for such purposes. Also, the federal law allows an individual to file suit against a solicitor.

The Mississippi law does not permit that.

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One comment

  1. Wow. This is a bad idea. Smart people use landlines. Mobile phones are for idiots. We’ll always have landlines around. Cell phones are unnessecary. This shows how stupid people are becoming these days.

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