The new federal "Do Not Call" registry is a great way to reduce commercial
telemarketing calls that many people find so annoying. It's quick, it's easy, and
- Register by calling toll-free at 1-888-382-1222 from the phone you wish to
register. The TTY (text telephone for hearing impaired) is 1-866-290-4236.
Or . . .
- Register on-line at www.donotcall.gov.
You will need to provide an e-mail address for confirmation,
but only your phone number will be kept in the registry.
- You can register home
phones and cell phones. Registered numbers will be put
on the national Do Not Call list for five years, but
a number can be taken off the list at any time. The
list is managed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission
- The federal law requires
commercial telemarketers to search the registry every
three months and remove numbers from their call lists.
Telemarketers that violate the rules may be fined up
to $11,000 per call.
- The FTC will begin enforcing
the National Do Not Call Registry on October 1. Consumers
who register by August 31 should notice a reduction
in telemarketing calls after October 1. Consumers generally
will be able to expect fewer calls within three months
of signing up for the Registry. Complaints may be filed
after Oct. 1 at the Registry
number and web site: 1-888-382-1222 and www.donotcall.gov.
Some telemarketers are exempt
from the Do Not Call law, including charities, political
organizations, and telephone surveyors. If you have a
business relationship with a company, it is exempt from
the rules for up to 18 months after the latest purchase,
payment, or delivery.
However, you also can ASK
a telemarketer not to call you again, even if the telemarketer
is exempt from the law. For example, if a professional
telemarketer calls you on behalf of a charity, they must
put you on their own do-not-call list if you request it.
The industry has estimated
that telemarketers attempt over 100 million calls a day
- a source of irritation and consternation for many consumers.
Tens of millions of people have signed up for the U.S.
Do Not Call list to reduce unwanted telemarketing calls.
here to view the July 10, 2003 news release on Iowans Sign Up for the National "Do Not Call" List.
here to view the June 27, 2003 news release U.S. "Do Not Call" Registry Launched