Here’s a subject I invite my former colleagues in Telecom to comment on. Since the National Do Not Call list started in June of 2003 most of us have signed up to stop those unsolicited calls from those who think they have some kind of right to interrupt our lives at dinner or bedtime or Saturday morning. For a while it got better.
Then, for me, about a year ago, the calls started coming in from “UNKNOWN NUMBER’. The other venue for disruption was the bogus 800 number with the name “UNAVAILABLE”. With no valid phone number there can be no compliant lodged with the national Do Not Call registry. The local phone company is supposed to permit you to block the call of anyone who calls you without sending their phone number (ANONYMOUS CALL REJECTION). But that only works if the ANONYMOUS CALL feature is used to make the call. Many of you may have seen the calls coming into your home and wondered why? The answer is of course, these callers are
scumbags crooks. How they are able to bypass the caller ID feature is another question.
If you are a homeowner and just have a phone line from the phone company, a company like Verizon controls the sending of your phone number when you make a call. If you are a company with a larger phone system you are connected to the central office (Verizon) with business trunks i.e. T-1, PRI, D3 or D4, VoIP, SIP or whatever they are marketing now. For these business lines you can control through programming the caller ID output. For legit companies the business reasons to do this are many; the company wants the main business number to be always sent instead of the agents extension, sometimes the department number is substituted, and for doctors and social workers often no number at all is preferable. The control is local, often at the address the business equipment is installed, and for
sheep raping scum Telemarketers it gives them the ability to piss on government regulations and the public.
Technically the vendors of the business trunks have the ability to detect and block when customers are sending calls over their lines to the public network without proper caller id formatting, but they don’t want to spend time and resources policing their customers they just want to make money. And they will say, if they stop telemarketers in their area they will just move to another jurisdiction, even outside the country. Because of this problem a lot of people have dropped their land line and gone to using cell phones only. Well folks, I hate to be the one to say this but if the only number the
rotting zombies telemarketers can reach you on are your cell phone numbers guess what number they will be calling next?
If this goes on, the US Post Office may be saved! The only personal messaging I will be using is a letter and stamp, with a trash can next to the mailbox for the junk mail.