Robocalls May Soon Be Coming To Your Cell Phone

A new bill from Representative Lee Terry lifts restrictions on robocalls to your cell phone.

Back in May, Russell Ault told us he was getting bombarded with these calls on his landline. Now, six months later...

"I've been getting about 5 calls a week." said Ault.

Ault worries those automated calls will start bombarding his cell phone soon.

Representative Lee Terry says, "The essence of this bill is to ride the fine line between unwanted and wanted communications."

Terry says it doesn't allow telemarketing calls to your cell phone, but would allow businesses to call your cell phone if you give it to them as a primary contact.

An example, and automated message from your bank letting you know you are close to overdrawing your account.

Another example, a mechanic letting you know there's a recall on a part on your car.

But critics feel it's an invasion of privacy.

Anne Boyle of the Nebraska Public Service Commission says, "One of the reasons people get rid of their landline phones is they want to avoid those calls. I don't know one person who says they enjoy getting these robocalls."

Russell Ault agrees, and feels cell phones should be off limits for automated calls.

"A lot of people are driving and they have their cell phone and the last thing they need is to be distracted."

Rep. Terry's bill is still in the early stages.

If you do receive robocalls, and want to complain about them, go to the Nebraska Public Service Commission's website at www.psc.state.ne.us.

You can also call: (800) 526-0017.


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