Do Not Call List Blocked, Again

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With remarkable speed, Congress has passed legislation intended to ensure consumers can block many unwanted telemarketing calls.

But whether the service takes effect next week has been thrown into doubt. A second federal court judge has ruled the list violates free speech protections.

The decision, handed down in Denver, came shortly after the House and Senate voted overwhelmingly for a bill making clear that the Federal Trade Commission has the power to enforce the "do-not-call'' list. The legislation was prompted by an earlier ruling by a federal judge in Oklahoma City who said the F-T-C lacked such authority.

In a statement, President Bush said he looked forward to signing the measure.

The list that would block an estimated 80 percent of telemarketing calls is supposed to be effective Wednesday, but it's unclear whether legal issues will be settled by then. Even after

Bush signs the legislation, the F-T-C must win in court for the list to move forward.