At the outset of one of his most well-known novels, For Whom the Bell Tolls, Earnest Hemingway quoted part of a meditation from Seventeenth Century poet John Donne (from which the book is titled):
No man is an Iland, intire of it selfe; every man is a peece of the Continent, a part of the maine; if a Clod bee washed away by the Sea, Europe is the lesse, as well as if a Promontorie were, as well as if a Mannor of thy friends or of thine owne were; any mans death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankinde; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee. (Emphasis added.)
Based on a recent Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision, however, it appears that the Commission believes that the federal government, in fact, is an island entire of itself. Despite tightening regulations over the years to limit the ability of companies to make robocalls, the FCC, on July 5, 2016, issued a ruling that exempted robocalls from the federal government from Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) coverage. The FCC thinks it knows what kind of calls you like, and wants to make sure you get them.