We are plagued with phone calls where there is no one on the other end. These ditch calls are a new phenomenon with the advent of computerized dialing on the part of telemarketers.
I am going to defend the “robo-callers” because like mountain climbers, if there is a mountain out there, they will want to climb it; if there is a new technology out there, telemarketers will use it to their advantage.
The culprits are the phone companies who allow their infrastructure to be used for these purposes. The callers do not want their true location known, they create new companies to hide behind once the old ones are caught, and they use names strikingly similar to those of federal agencies.
The do-not-call list is worthless because it takes too long for the Federal Trade Commission to catch up with the ever slipperier callers.
It is time to go after those who provide the means for the robo-callers to perform their pseudo-businesses. The phone companies are the first to recognize where robo-calls are coming from but do nothing to stop the invasion of privacy in which they are co-conspirators.
David Rugeroni, Visalia