ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Oct 11, 1977
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(Studio) Several Congmen. introduction bill to limit use of new machines which can automatically telephone homes with unsolicited ads; is right to privacy issue.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Columbus, Ohio) Device is called Telsol sequential automatic telephone dialer; is manufactured in Florida. Mfr. says machine primarily for use in polls and market research, not selling, but company is found which is using device for selling. Columbus Bus. Systems, Incorporated, in Columbus, Ohio, uses machines for ads. [Company spokesperson Gene SERGIO - says some people will inevitably be annoyed by calls, but this is just another way of letting people know of products.] Reporter speaks with some who have received these calls. [Ann PRATT - cites objections.] [Mark LAPPEN - feels it's intrusion into his privacy.] [Collie BATTAN - doesn't like to listen to sales pitch on phone.]
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow
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