A state lawmaker wants to add text messages to Wisconsin’s “Do Not Call” list. State residents can already sign-up to stop telemarketers from calling their land line or cell phone numbers. However, state Senator Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) is concerned about companies trying to circumvent the no call list by sending text messages.
Wanggaard says he’s already been receiving them, with two coming in the middle of the night just this week. He says it’s an annoyance the public should not have to put up with.
Wanggaard is introducing a bill that would ban companies from using text messages to contact people who sign up for the no call list. He says people should have the ability to opt out, especially if they do not have a text messaging plan on their cell phone and each sales pitch ends up costing them money.
Wanggaard says it’s an important move because a growing number of people are using a cell phone as their primary line.
He admits some companies are looking for new ways to contact potential customers, but it should not come at the expense of devices that cost consumers money every time they are used.