Hey, SiteFinder is back, again...

From: Steve Atkins <steve@blighty.com>
Subject: Re: Hey, SiteFinder is back, again...
Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 13:07:14 -0800

>> From: Barry Shein <bzs@world.std.com>
>> Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2007 13:05:26 -0500
>> Subject: Re: Hey, SiteFinder is back, again...
>> Since this is verizon, one wonders why this has never been tried on
>> wrong, non-working phone numbers?
>> Visit your local chevy dealer, no interest for 12 months! We're
>> sorry, the number you have reached....
>> is it illegal?
> Before they could do it, they'd have to file -- and get approved -- a
> tariff with the public utilities commission in each state.
> I'm not at all sure how well such a proposal would fly there.

There are already companies offering advertising funded
long distance service. And advertising funded VoIP dialtone.

It's not like this is a hypothetical that's bizarrely out there.

Then there was the day, circa 20 years ago now, that the ILEC modified
'ring no answer' handling to insert a voice ad for their call-back service
on every call that hadn't been answered after some small number (4??) of
rings -- while continuing to ring the line. We had a large outgoing faxmodem
bank to estabished clients, that would alarm and abort if it encountered
'VOICE' on a _known_ data-only line.

That was an 'interesting' day.

*VERY* strong words were said to the telco -- to the effect of 'remove that
misbegotten feature _RIGHT_NOW_, and never, *never* put any additionnal
'feature' on any of our lines without our specific approval in writing.'

We weren't the only people expressing extreme displeasure at the tactic.
I don't know of any lawsuits actually filed -- I do have direct knowledge
that several were under serious consideration.

I believe that the State regulatory authority made them remove it as a
'default', and deploy it only for lines where the owner made specific
request for it to be added.