'900' numbers

It's your call

March 18, 1991

Callers to telephone numbers that begin with a "900" prefix would have to be told how much the call costs and they would have to be given a chance to hang up under rules proposed by the Federal Communications Commission.

Of 415 Evening Sun readers and other callers to SUNDIAL Friday, 170, or 40 percent, say they have called a 900 number, and 245, or 59 percent, say they have not. Of 419 respondents, 398, or 94 percent, say that callers should be told how much the call costs and be given a chance to hang up. Twenty-one, or 5 percent, say that callers should not be told. Of 413 callers, 353 say that callers under 18 should have parental consent to dial a "900" number, while 60 say that callers under 18 should not have to have parental consent. Of 409 callers, 352, or 86 percent, say that the FCC should weed out companies that take advantage of consumers, and 57, or 13 percent, say the FCC should not.

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