National Do Not Call Registry

POSTED BY: News Department
Sunday, July 6, 2003 - 09:19 PM
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If you have a problem with unwanted telemarketers calling you at home, there is a new way to help prevent it. Thanks to the Federal Trade Commission you won’t have to avoid the telemarketers, they won’t be allowed to call you. Starting Monday people east of the Mississippi can sign up by phone for the national Do Not Call Registry. “I’m in sales and I understand the need to make calls, but cold calling like that is just intrusive on personal life and I don’t find it necessary,” says Glenn Mishler of Coshocton. Even though people on the eastern side of the country can’t sign up for the registry using the phone until Monday, everyone has been able to sign up via the Internet since last week. “I think it’s needed,” says Steve Woodward of Crooksville. “I think it’s long overdue. I’m glad they’ve done something in that area. I don’t think they can go far enough because of the free enterprise. But it’s a step in the right direction.” Telemarketers must check the list every three months to find out whom they can’t call anymore. The registry takes effect on October first and is good for five years. Users can sign up home and cell phone numbers, with business lines being the only exception.

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