Hands up anyone who didn't see this coming:
Posted by Nicholas at October 1, 2008 08:32 AM
So many people were trying to sign up their phone numbers Tuesday on the first day of registration for the federal do-not-call list, the website crashed at one point and the phone lines were busy.
The popularity of the list, whose registration went live Tuesday just after midnight, was not unexpected.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has projected that of Canada's 27 million residential phone lines, which include cellphone numbers, 16 million would be on the do-not-call list within two years.
However, it's possible the CRTC didn't expect so many people to try to register in one day.
By 1:30 p.m. ET, more than 223,000 people had registered using the phone and internet, according to CRTC spokesperson Denis Carmel. Although the website went live at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, it crashed eight or nine hours later.
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