Millions sign up for
'do not call' list
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[SEPT. 6, 2003]
SPRINGFIELD -- Nearly 50
million consumers who want fewer telemarketing calls to their home
and mobile phone have already registered for the free state and
national "do not call" list, according to state Sen. Larry Bomke,
Aug. 31 was the deadline to be on the
list when it goes into effect on Oct. 1, but consumers may still
register for free. Consumers who register after Aug. 31 will be
officially placed on the list within three months of registering.
"The ‘do not call’ list will help
lessen the number of unwanted phone calls consumers receive," said
Bomke, a sponsor of the 2002 law that created the state list.
"Unwanted phone calls have long been a top complaint of local
residents. I urge area families who have not already registered to
sign up either by phone or on the Internet. While this will not
eliminate all of the unwanted calls, it will greatly reduce the
number you receive."
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Run by the Federal Trade Commission,
the national "do not call" registry offers one-step enrollment for
both state and national registries. Consumers may register at no
cost by calling 1 (888) 382-1222 or TTY 1 (866) 290-4236 or online
at www.donotcall.gov. Once a
number is registered it will remain on the list for five years.
Enrollment will reduce but not
eliminate the number of telemarketing calls that registered
consumers receive. Once a number is placed on the list, companies
who ignore the "do not call" requests can be fined for violating the
state and federal law unless they meet certain exceptions.
[News release from
Sen. Larry Bomke]