Overview Edit

On June 27, 2003, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) opened the National Do Not Call Registry in order to comply with the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003.[1]. The law established the FTC's National Do Not Call Registry in order to facilitate compliance with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.

Registration for the Do-Not-Call list began on June 27, 2003, and enforcement started on October 1, 2003. Since January 1, 2005, telemarketers covered by the registry have up to 31 days (initially the period was 90 days) from the date a number is registered to cease calling that number. Originally, telephone numbers remained on the registry for a period of five years, but are now permanent because of the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, effective February 2008.[2]

Cell phone numbers need not be included on the registry to avoid unsolicited calls. FCC regulations prohibit telemarketers from calling a cell phone number with an automatic dialer.[3] Similarly, fax numbers do not need to be included in the registry due to existing federal laws and regulations that prohibit the sending of junk faxes.

If a person does not want to register a telephone number on the national registry, he or she can still prohibit individual telemarketers from calling by asking the caller to put the called number on the company’s do-not-call list.

References Edit

  1. Pub. L. No. 108-10, was H.R. 395 of the 108th Congress.
  2. FTC Press Release 2008: Do Not Call Registrations Permanent and Fees Telemarketers Pay to Access Registry Set
  3. FTC Press Release 2007: The Truth about Cell Phones and the Do Not Call Registry

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