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Do-Not-Call

The “National Do Not Call Registry” now contains more than 48 million U.S. telephone numbers. More than six million consumers added their telephone numbers over the past holiday weekend. The first edition closed August 31st and it became available to telemarketers this week. The Federal Trade Commission said that only 50% of the Labor Day weekend registrations were conducted online. Prior DNC registrations were completed primarily through Internet registration (80%). The FTC initially projected that 60 million phone numbers could 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.”

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