ABC's Lisa Chinn reports from Washington:
Starting today. September 1st -- those pre-recorded phone calls you sometimes receive may be going away, thanks to a new Federal Trade Commission rule.
Under the rule, “robo-calls” are prohibited, with several exceptions. Those include any calls that you have given your written agreement to receive -- and written agreement includes anything you might have agreed to electronically -- so remember to make sure you read all the fine print and ‘checked boxes’ in any business you conduct -- both in print and online.
Pre-recorded calls that provide specific information -- such as school closings, plane departures and arrivals or weather alerts are also exempt.
Other pre-recorded calls not covered by today’s rule include calls made by: political organizations, most charitable organizations, banks and telephone companies, as well as certain calls made by health care organizations.
That’ll leave room on the old answering machine, right?