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No call, that`s all

MBJ Editorial

A new telemarketing no-call bill that emerged from the Legislature last week has enough exemptions that legitimate businesses should be able continue to maintain relationships with their customers, while at the same time, giving the Public Service Commission authority to regulate reasonably the telemarketing industry in Mississippi.

Telemarketing, the bane of the family dinner hour, must work because far too many companies expend vast sums of money and energy to call millions of us every day. And while limiting the ability of businesses to engage in commerce is no simple issue and should be considered carefully, the right of every American to escape the unrelenting sales pitches, credit card offers and time-share vacation investments cannot be overstated.

Business might be open 24/7, but the rest of us like to get away from time to time.

The annoying aspects of telemarketing cannot be legislated away completely, but this law from the Mississippi Legislature is a good step in the right direction.

“No call, that’s all.” Now that’s an idea we can get behind.


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