Lockdown day 19: silver lining edition
Friday April 03rd 2020, 10:23 pm
Filed under: History,Life,Politics

(My Page orange tree.)

I’ve heard others marveling over the same thing I’d noticed: the sudden, stunning absence of spammers that had been calling relentlessly all day long for years.

Their greed apparently finally veered too close to political wounds. Their latest scam had been trying to monetize the coronavirus: the new pitches were for fake testing, fake cures, fake insurance, anything people would be desperate to have in the pandemic that they could make a quick buck over and run.

Which could make the administration look bad, and we can’t have that, so the FCC–you know, the same FCC that under Trump thought that it was peachy fine to let companies both sell and throttle our data, that killed net neutrality–told those guys’ providers that if all overseas robocalls weren’t stopped within two days those American companies that were enabling them would lose all access to American telecom systems. Period.

And in our social distancing isolation, when the phone rings now, it’s actually a call you want to take, and you answer.

It had been that easy all along; the FCC just had had to want to do it.

May we never go back.

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Comment by Anne 04.03.20 @ 10:45 pm

Oh, yes, please! I’ve been so busy working from home and having to use my personal cell phone for work that I actually hadn’t realized the absence of the spam calls. Hooray!

Comment by DebbieR 04.04.20 @ 7:52 am

I reflect a lot on what I DO want to go back to. So often we say “I wish I could stop time so I can…”: now we can. Sad that it comes in this form, granted.

Comment by Suzanne 04.04.20 @ 9:00 am

Now that you mention it… 🙂 Was that so hard to do? lol

Comment by Helen 04.04.20 @ 9:47 pm

I hadn’t even realized that! But you’re right, I got one or two spam calls last week, instead of 4 or 5 a day as usual. Well, that’s something.

Comment by ccr in MA 04.05.20 @ 8:32 am

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