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Re: Caution: Unidentified Callers Ahead

Sam Spade (
Sun, 09 Jul 2006 18:18:04 -0700

The FCC never took jurisdiction over name identification.

Should they?

Monty Solomon wrote:

> Caution: Unidentified callers ahead
> Phone companies fail to provide some IDs because of the cost of
> obtaining the data

> By Bruce Mohl, Globe Staff

> Are you getting your money's worth from caller ID?

> Some callers can't be identified because their information is blocked
> or unavailable, but in other cases the callers aren't named because
> the customer's phone company simply doesn't want to spend the money to
> obtain the data.

> A small Globe test of caller ID accuracy found several instances where
> Verizon Communications and Comcast Corp. didn't provide a caller's
> name because they didn't want to pay the extra money.

> The price is minimal on a per-call basis -- often a penny or less a
> call -- but spread across a telecommunications giant's many customers,
> it can quickly run into the tens of millions of dollars.


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