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More than 13.6 million telephone numbers were registered over the weekend as part of the new “Do Not Call Registry.” The Federal Trade Commission reported that on Friday, seven million telephone numbers were logged into the system; Saturday the number slowed to 4.6 million; and Sunday the number was two million. The “National Do Not Call Registry” was launched the morning of June 27th. The majority, 85% of the registrations occurred online. However, more than three million consumers sent a online registration request but failed to confirm their registration. Telephone registration for the “Registry” is now open for consumers in states west of the Mississippi River – including Minnesota and Louisiana. Telephone registration will be available this Friday to the entire country. The FTC projects that 60 million phone numbers may be registered in the “Registry” within the first twelve months. In October, the FTC and the States will begin enforcing the national “do not call” provisions of the Amended TSR. Violators will be subject to a fine of up to $11,000 per incident. Calls from political organizations, solicitation calls on behalf of charities, and calls to conduct surveys, are not covered by the “National Registry” requirements. In addition, companies with which consumers have an established business relationship may call for up to 18 months after the last purchase, payment or delivery, even if the consumer’s name is on the “National Do Not Call Registry.” For more information visit to www.donotcall.gov.

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