Phoning up some controversy

It’s interesting to see the part that automated outbound calling applications (or “robo calls” as they are more commonly referred to) are playing in the election taking place today.

Unfortunately, it looks like for the most part they are not being used very scrupulously:

Political messages are exempt from the federal do-not-call rules meant to discourage unwanted sales pitches. But a New Hampshire law prohibits making automated calls to people who are on the do-not-call list. The Republican committee agreed on Sunday to halt calls there at the urging of the state attorney general.

I haven’t gotten that many calls, but for the next election I’ll be getting my Asterisk set up configured to block this kind of nonsense.