Reuters | U.S. Court Unplugs Anti-Telemarketing List

A federal court has blocked the national “do not call” list that would have allowed consumers to stop most unwanted telephone sales, one week before the much-anticipated measure was due to take effect.

…In its decision, the court said existing laws give the FTC authority to curb abusive telemarketing practices, but that any national do-not-call list must be handled by the Federal Communications Commission.

…Lawmakers predicted the decision would be overturned quickly, arguing that they had given the FTC the proper authority when they approved the list in February.

I’m conflicted. As a small-l libertarian, I’m reluctant to give any federal bureaucracy an excuse to grow. But I find this an appropriate use of government resources.

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