Monday, June 27, 2016

Cellphones will be added to no-call list

Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown (Central District) issued the following press release:

On July 1, 2016, the Mississippi Public Service Commission will begin registering cellphones on the Mississippi No Call Registry. This is a great opportunity to reduce the number of annoying telemarketers calling your cellphone. The process for registering your cellphone is the same as registering your residential landline. Go to the Central District website to register online or call 1-800-356-6430 and one of our consumer specialists will help you get signed up.

Once you have registered, it takes two months for your number to be officially on the list. At that time, you can call and report the unsolicited calls. Our website contains the information needed in order to make a complaint.

Once reported, our specialists will start tracking down the people making these calls and try to get them stopped. We cannot stop every call, because some types of calls are exempt from the law, and some are from foreign countries where we do not have jurisdiction.

Our success rate has been pretty good for landlines. We have received 74,436 complaints since the No Call Registry for landlines became law. Of those complaints, $2,784,000.00 in fines have been collected since October 2014 from unscrupulous telemarketers. We believe No Call for cellphones will be just as successful.

On July 5, 2016, the Central District will have No Call registration for cellphones available in the 1st floor lobby of the Woolfolk Building, 501 North West Street from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Public Service Commission Central District Staff will be on hand to assist in registration.

Join us in stopping unwanted calls as we continue keeping the public in public service.


Anonymous said...

Why bother getting on the no call list? Nothing is ever done when you call and report unsolicited calls. I have called many times and never got a single result. I have filled out reports on line and never got a single result. It is all just a waste of time.

Anonymous said...

Here's a suggestion for your woes. Put a "cool ringtone" on your phone for all unknown numbers. That way when these idiots do call it will at least be an enjoyable situation. Then, of course, do not answer numbers you don't recognize. It's really pretty simple. Eventually they will stop calling. Or at the very least, the rate of calls will slow way down.

Anonymous said...

There is already a no-call list with no distinction about whether it is for land lines for cell phones.

Anonymous said...

I have had great results with my land line being on both the federal & state No Call List. On every nuisance call I file a complaint. I'm retired so I can be very efficient on this little invasion of privacy. In fact the state attorney general office called me to get my phone records subpoena from Comcast. Go Jim Hood. Now I'm getting Medicare supplement phone calls. This is allow by social security.

Anonymous said...

Stick a coach's whistle in your pocket. If they call, blow it into the phone.

Anonymous said...

11:40 - not a bad idea but if you have an iPhone or android device you can go one step further and block the numbers. Not sure about blackberries but KF is the last person in the world still using one.

Anonymous said...

@2:52 KF isn't the last one....don't forget the POTUS.

Anonymous said...

The real problem now are the robo calls that you can't respond to.

Anonymous said...

Robo calls are no problem. What's the deal folks? Don't answer the phone if it's not a familiar number. If it's really important you'll get a voicemail.

Hello - Click said...

I get at least ten a day on my land line that I do not answer. No, they will NOT stop calling, ever. And the one about the credit card with no problem and extended car warranty always leave a lengthy message that has to be heard from the other room, then deleted. The PSC can't do jack shit to control these things.

Anonymous said...

Callers now can put any phone number they want to show up in your caller ID. I get several calls from myself every week. Try calling the number back. You will not get an working phone or you might get your neighbor.
We need people smarter than those making the calls to work for the Public Service Commission. Sadly we have those who cannot read working there.

Cecil Is On Top Of This said...

Meanwhile; Cecil The Frown Brown is busy advocating for increased salary for the three commissioners. He will ease into PERS retirement with one of the best guaranteed monthly checks of any political figure in Mississippi history. Bank on it.

Anonymous said...

The best way to stop this is we all work together - If someone calls my house that is in violation the no call law I will never ever buy anything from them or take anything they are giving away or cooperate with them in any way.
I tell them straight up - 'Because you called this number I know that you work for an unethical business. I don't need to know anything else about you.'
If we all did that they would stop calling. The reason they keep calling is that some fool somewhere is buying from them.

Anonymous said...

The no call list works almost as well as our state leaders when it comes to balancing a budget.

Anonymous said...

Well said, 11:41!

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