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Re: Hey, SiteFinder is back, again...
> From: Steve Atkins <[email protected]> > Subject: Re: Hey, SiteFinder is back, again... > Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 13:07:14 -0800 > > On Nov 6, 2007, at 12:20 PM, Robert Bonomi wrote: > >> From: Barry Shein <[email protected]> > >> Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 13:05:26 -0500 > >> Subject: Re: Hey, SiteFinder is back, again... > >> > >> Since this is verizon, one wonders why this has never been tried on > >> wrong, non-working phone numbers? > >> > >> Visit your local chevy dealer, no interest for 12 months! We're > >> sorry, the number you have reached.... > >> > >> is it illegal? > > > > Before they could do it, they'd have to file -- and get approved -- a > > tariff with the public utilities commission in each state. > > > > I'm not at all sure how well such a proposal would fly there. > > There are already companies offering advertising funded > long distance service. And advertising funded VoIP dialtone. > > It's not like this is a hypothetical that's bizarrely out there. Then there was the day, circa 20 years ago now, that the ILEC modified 'ring no answer' handling to insert a voice ad for their call-back service on every call that hadn't been answered after some small number (4??) of rings -- while continuing to ring the line. We had a large outgoing faxmodem bank to estabished clients, that would alarm and abort if it encountered 'VOICE' on a _known_ data-only line. That was an 'interesting' day. *VERY* strong words were said to the telco -- to the effect of 'remove that misbegotten feature _RIGHT_NOW_, and never, *never* put any additionnal 'feature' on any of our lines without our specific approval in writing.' We weren't the only people expressing extreme displeasure at the tactic. I don't know of any lawsuits actually filed -- I do have direct knowledge that several were under serious consideration. I believe that the State regulatory authority made them remove it as a 'default', and deploy it only for lines where the owner made specific request for it to be added.