Telemarketers could soon target cellphones

November 20, 2011 3:18:37 PM PST
Automated calls to your cellphone from telemarketers could soon be allowed if a bill making its way through Congress becomes law.

According to ABC7 New York, the bill would allow telemarketers to begin targeting cellphones with automated dialers. Currently, telemarketers aren't allowed to use automated phone calls to reach cellphone customers.

Those who support the bill say it would make getting information -- such as flight delays and data breeches -- out to customers a lot easier if automated dialing was allowed. However, opponents of the bill, including Sen. Charles Schumer, said killing the 1991 Telephone Consumer Protection Act could eat up a person's cellphone minutes.

The bill affects more than 80 percent of Americans who currently have a cellphone.

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