Friday, October 5, 2007

Check out the article I read this morning on MSN Money titled "DO NOT CALL LIST ABOUT TO EXPIRE." By Liz Pulliam Weston. I found it to be a fantastic article and right in line with our understanding of the the Do Not Call Rule - good article!

Humorist Dave Barry got it absolutely right when he called the federal Do Not Call list "the most popular federal concept since the Elvis stamp."

There's no red-state, blue-state divide on the list, which prohibits telemarketers from bothering folks who have registered their phone numbers. Republican or Democrat, Libertarian or Green Party member, everybody detests telemarketers -- except, of course, telemarketers themselves, who were just about the only voices in opposition to the list's creation.

The numbers speak for themselves:

10 million phone numbers were registered within four days of the list's opening on June 27, 2003.

30 million numbers were signed up within 40 days.

63 million were registered in the list's first year.

Currently, 149 million phone numbers are on the federal Do Not Call list.

Imperfect but better than the calls The feds can't claim total success. There are still telemarketers out there skirting, bending and outright ignoring the law.

The Federal Trade Commission has brought more than two dozen enforcement actions against companies large and small. The Federal Communications Commission has issued dozens of citations regarding violations and announced consent decrees with several companies, including T-Mobile and AT&T.

Telemarketers fight back:

The government's Do Not Call list has kept telemarketers at bay, but companies are making an all-out push to start calling again.

There's just one problem: Registration of your number on the Do Not Call list isn't permanent. After five years, the ban on calling your number is lifted unless you renew your registration.
That means a whole lot of folks are going to start hearing from telemarketers next summer unless they take action.

Act now? Not so fast I recently renewed the registration of all our phone numbers at the Web site, but then I spoke to FTC spokesman Mitch Katz, who recommends waiting until next summer.

He made a good point: By renewing now, you shave at least a year off the protection time you'd otherwise get. If you were one of the early sign-ups, as I was, you'd get protection until summer 2013 if you renew in 2008, when the current five-year period expires. By renewing this year,

I'd be protected only until 2012.

Then again, you might not care, particularly if the penalty for forgetting to renew is having to talk to some jerk about time shares. So either go re-register now at or at least check the site to see when your registration expires and make a note on your calendar to renew then.
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It is a valuable read. Also look up Liz Weston's past articles - she always offers fantactic information and advice.
(You're Welcome Liz).

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