Specifically, the FTC changed its venerable Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) to prohibit, as of Sept. 2009, telemarketing calls that deliver prerecorded messages, unless a consumer has agreed to accept such calls from a given caller/seller.
Between now and 2009, telemarketers must provide an obvious, easy and quick way for consumers to opt-out of any call, the FTC said. Such an opt-out mechanism needs to be in place by December 1, 2008.
Way cool .... of course this doesn't stop companies offshoring their operations but it's a good start to SPIT.
There are also some changes to the 97% connection rate for predictive dialers than you can click through to read if you have an interest in this.