Comcast doesn't sell your phone number, "it's publicly available"
So, after 7 years of having Comcast, we decided to take advantage of the 2 year $119 for all 3 services promotion. Actually, it's a great promotion as I live off the internet, my family watches TV and we have a home phone for emergencies. Unfortunately, as a current customer, I was ineligible for any upgrades. So, we canceled our account and set it up in my wife's name. It took 1 week for everything to be set up and we lost our old phone number (who cares, it's an emergency number anyway). The service was installed 7-14-2009. Since then, we have had 54 (FIFTY-FOUR) SEPARATE solicitations. Let's name a few: Wall Street Journal, 24/7 security, TeleEurope, ARC, Sullivan Promotions, Viking Magazines, Homestar, Des Moines Inc, etc. I called Comcast and was very irritated that my number is unpublished and they would sell my name and phone number. After calling and talking to them, they told me that "there wasn't a code for an unpublished request" in the system and that my phone number was readily available to anyone who searched the public records. So I asked when they distribute the names and numbers. His response was at the end of every month. Then he backtracked and told me its all done electronically every day but Comcast doesn't earn a single cent off this publication. Yeah right. He told me to put my name and number on the DO NOT CALL list and if I had any further questions or should he put my name and number in the unpublished registry for a fee of $2.50 per month? Uhhhhhhh.....I hung up on him. :)