Criticism over the do-not-call list has begun to mount as Canadians grow increasingly frustrated with a system that was designed to fail from the beginning. As I have long argued, the do-not-call list was better characterized as the do-not-hesitate-to-call list given the number of exceptions and jurisdictional loopholes. Sure enough, CTV and Global have covered the poor performance of the do-not-call list this week, noting the exceptions, the jurisdictional problems, and the fear that the list itself is being misused by out-of-country operators. With nearly six million numbers registered, killing the list is not option. Rather, the solution lies in fixing the obvious problems (scaling back the exceptions, working with the U.S. on the jurisdictional problems) and using the CRTC's enforcement powers to levy some tough penalties for those that violate the law.
P2PNet.net also posts a troubling report that indicates that companies included on my iOptOut service are not respecting the opt-out requests despite a letter from the CRTC indicating that such requests are enforceable. The P2PNet.net story singles out Bell for non-compliance. If others have experienced similar cases of non-compliance, please let me know.