Telemarketing Regulations

Written by Amy Hall
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Telemarketing Regulations are now in full-effect since President Bush signed the Do Not Call Implementation Act into law. In fact, prior to this, the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission received thousands of complaints from consumers who were angry and frustrated with the amount of unsolicited phone calls they were getting at home. This prompted the FTC and the FCC to make some amendments to how direct marketing companies do business.

The result is the FTC Do Not Call List which has helped strengthen telemarketing regulations. Basically, if a consumer registers his or her number with the DNC List, and a telemarketer calls that number knowingly or unknowingly, they face a fine of up to $11,000 and a possible job loss. The FTC and the FCC are enforcing these new regulations in order to protect consumers right to privacy.

New and Improved Telemarketing Regulations

It's easy for consumers to register their phone numbers on this DNC List. You can do so by calling the toll-free number, or logging onto the FTC's consumer website. If you prefer to call, simply dial 1-888-382-1222 from the number you wish to register. If you are using the Web, log onto WWW.DONOTCALL.GOV, and submit your phone number that way.

It takes three months for the registration to kick in, upon which time you should notice a sharp decline in the number of unwanted calls you get. Your number will remain on this list for five years, when you will have to re-register it to keep it active. You can, of course, remove your number at any time from this list if your so choose.

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