Do Not Call Regulations

Written by Amy Hall
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Do Not Call Regulations are strictly enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, and State law enforcement. The Do Not Call Policy states that telemarketers who dial a phone number that is registered on the DNC List, either knowingly or unknowingly, will be fined a penalty of $11,000 per offense. Telemarketers are required to check this National Do Not Call List every 90 days to remain up-to-date on registered phone numbers.

Due to the strict enforcement of this law, many telemarketing companies are using DNC software to help them abide by these Do Not Call regulations. This type of software is designed to help telemarketers easily identify registered numbers, either by placing a red flag next to those numbers, or removing them from their records completely. When telemarketers comply with this law, the amount of consumer complaints will subside.

Understanding the Do Not Call Regulations

If you are a consumer, it will help to understand how this process works for you. First, if you want to put an end to unsolicited phone calls in your home, then you can register your number either by phone or via the Internet. To phone in your registration, dial 1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish to register. To add your number to this DNC List via their website, log onto WWW.DONOTCALL.GOV, and submit your information.

Once you register your phone number(s), (up to three numbers can be registered at one time), it will take three months to go into affect. You should notice a dramatic reduction in the amount of solicitations you receive each week once the three month waiting period has expired. Keep in mind that non-profit organizations, as well as businesses you currently have a relationship with can continue to call your home. Your registered phone number will remain on this list for five years, upon which time you can re-register your phone number.

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