The number of telephone number registrations in the new “National Do Not Call Registry” may have reached the halfway mark. At the start of this week, the Federal Trade Commission reported that a total of 28.7 million telephone numbers have been registered in the “Registry” since its launch on June 27th. The FTC and the Federal Communications Commission jointly projected that approximately 60 million phone numbers would be registered in the national database within the first twelve months. In October, the FTC and the States will begin enforcing the national “do not call” provisions of the new telemarketing sales rules. 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.” To register your phone numbers or for more information visit to www.donotcall.gov.