Panel OKs altering Idaho's 'Do Not Call' law

BOISE, Idaho (AP) A House committee agreed Idaho should lift a 13-year-old restriction barring phone and cable TV companies from calling existing customers to market new products or services.

The House State Affairs Committee voted unanimously Thursday to send the measure altering Idaho's "Do Not Call" law to the House floor.

Phone companies Frontier Communications and Century Link Inc. aim to revamp Idaho's 2000 law meant to halt unwanted phone solicitation, arguing they should have the same rights to call existing customers as other businesses enjoy.

They want to market services like high-speed Internet over the phone, rather than being forced to do it by mail.

The attorney general's office opposed the proposed change, arguing a million people already on Idaho's Do Not Call list don't want changes that could increase privacy intrusions.