Telemarketing Industry's "Do-Not-Call" List
The Direct Marketing Association maintains the Telephone Preference Service that
lists residential numbers of people who do not want to be called.
to the DMA's Web site, "All DMA members are required to run their telemarketing
list of prospective customers against the TPS file, to remove the individuals
who have registered with TPS from their calling lists."
individual can place their number on the DMA's list for five years by clicking
(NOTE: The DMA, like many states, charges $5 to process each
Do Not Call Lists
Several states have already developed their own "Do Not Call" lists
and systems to reduce unwanted telemarketing calls. Below are the states that
already have systems in place and information on how to add your name to the list.
Trade Commissioner Outlines Do-Not-Call Status
weeks of legal decisions and legislative action, people may still sign
up for the nation's so-called "Do-Not-Call" list, but the
courts will ultimately decide whether the list will take effect. Timothy
Muris, the head of the Federal Trade Commission that runs the list,
discusses the continuing standoff in court and what consumers can expect
in the meantime. (10/13/03)
Judge Declares Do-Not-Call List Unconstitutional
A federal judge in Denver declared a new national registry designed
to stop most unwanted telemarketing calls unconstitutional Thursday,
just hours after both houses of Congress passed legislation aimed at
nullifying another court's decision to halt the list's enactment earlier
in the week. (9/25/03)
Votes to Reinstate Do-Not-Call Registry
Congress moved quickly Thursday to pass legislation ratifying the Federal
Trade Commission's national "do-not-call" registry, designed to block
most unwanted telemarketing calls, after a federal court late Tuesday
halted the list's enactment. (9/25/03)
Halts Do-Not-Call List
Ray Suarez discusses the court's decision with Business Week's legal
affairs correspondent, Lorraine Woellert.
A federal court ruled late Tuesday that the Federal Trade Commission
overstepped its authority in creating a national "do-not-call" list
that would allow people to stop most unwanted telemarketing calls, leaving
the list's final fate uncertain. (9/24/03)
Do-Not-Call List Opens for Public Registrations
The National "Do-Not-Call" list opened Friday for people who
do not want to receive telemarketing calls. In the first hours of its
operation, the free government service registered over 700,000 phone
can be registered online at the web address www.donotcall.gov.
Consumers West of the Mississippi River are also able to register by
telephone at 1-888-382-1222. The telephone registration option will
be available nationwide later next month. (6/27/03)
Bush Signs Do-Not-Call Act
Bush signed the "Do-Not-Call Implementation Act" on Tuesday, creating
a national "do-not-call" registry protecting consumers from unwanted
telemarketing phone calls.
the new legislation, telemarketers must check the list every three months to ensure
they do not call those who have placed their names on the registry. Telemarketers
who violate the act may be fined up to $11,000 per infraction.
from charities, surveys and on behalf of politicians are excluded from the bill.
Federal Trade Commission is responsible for collecting fees from the
telemarketing industry to fund the service, which will be free for the
registry is expected to cost $16 million for its first year.
Telemarketers on Hold
of the Federal Trade Commission and Matt Mattingley of the American
Teleservices Association debate efforts
to limit the 300 telemarketer calls that the average American receives
each year. (1/1/03)