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Do you agree with the National Do Not Call list?

post #1 of 49
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Thousands Sign Up for Anti-Telemarketing List

By Andy Sullivan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hundreds of thousands of Americans hoping to keep unwanted telephone sales calls at bay signed on to a free "do not call" list on Friday that will prevent most telemarketers from bothering them at home.

Eager Americans rushed to place their home phone numbers on the Federal Trade Commission's list shortly after President Bush (news - web sites) unveiled it in a White House ceremony.

By 2:30 p.m. EDT the list had grown to 635,000 and was on pace to top 2 million by midnight West Coast time, an FTC spokeswoman said.

The do-not-call list should help Americans enjoy their private time without unwanted interruptions, Bush said a few hours after the list was opened up for registration.

"When Americans are sitting down to dinner or a parent is reading to his or her child, the last thing they need is a call from a stranger with a sales pitch," Bush said in a White House Rose Garden ceremony.

Telemarketers who call numbers on the list after Oct. 1 will face penalties of up to $11,000 per call, as well as possible consumer lawsuits.

Consumers can sign up for the list by logging on to (http://donotcall.gov), while those living west of the Mississippi river can also register by calling 1-888-382-1222.

Consumers will not have to pay to get on the list, as it will be funded by telemarketers.

Plunging long-distance rates and computerized dialers have led to a five-fold increase in telemarketing calls over the past decade, prompting a deluge of consumer complaints.


Telemarketers have bitterly opposed the list, but FTC Chairman Timothy Muris said it would help them target consumers who do not mind getting sales calls.

"If you talk privately with telemarketers ... they will tell you that they don't want to call people who don't want to be called," Muris said at the White House.

Do-not-call lists have proven popular in the roughly 25 states that have set them up. In Minnesota, for example, roughly half of the state's 2.2 million residential line subscribers have registered.

FTC officials ultimately expect 60 million households to sign up for the national list, prompting the agency to delay telephone-based registration until July 7 for those living east of the Mississippi in an effort to handle demand.

Individuals across the country said they had trouble getting on to the Web site on Friday morning, or were kicked off once they started the registration process. FTC spokeswoman Cathy MacFarlane said the Web site was receiving 1,000 hits per second.

Consumers don't need to rush as they have all summer to sign up and will not see a drop-off in telemarketing calls until Oct. 1, MacFarlane said, adding they will still be able to sign up for the list after the summer.

The list does not cover all callers. Nonprofit and political callers will be free to ignore it, but will have to honor consumer requests not to be called back. Businesses will be free to call customers for 18 months after making a sale, but they too will have to honor opt-out requests.

Telemarketing groups have sued to scratch the effort, arguing that it abridges free-speech rights, and say it could wreak havoc on an industry that employs 2 million.

Privacy advocate Jason Catlett, who has pushed for a national list for years, said he has little sympathy for their plight.

"Free speech doesn't give you the right to pester people in their homes when they don't want to be pestered," said Catlett, president of Junkbusters Corp., which helps clients avoid unwanted commercial pitches.

I am totally for this! It gets very frustrating when my phone rings every 20 minutes and it's always telemarketers. I usually am nice to them, but when they are still calling past 9 pm I'm not so nice. I understand that they might be calling from California and are 2 hours behind my time...but don't they have a time zone map or something?

Ok...enough of my rant on telemarketers and I'm sorry if I offended anyone if you're employed as one.

For those who are interested, here is the link to the registry. I've signed up and I'm hoping that it works!

So, what do you think about this?
post #2 of 49
yes I do !!I hate those phone calls.
post #3 of 49
The most recent ones that have called me have been AUTOMATED, as well! I do hate telemarketers!
post #4 of 49
I am totally for it! It's about time! And I heard next they are going to work on email spam. Wouldn't it be great!?! I believe in freedom of speech... but don't feel it applies to my private space such as home phone, cell phone, my personal email etc.

post #5 of 49
Yay - I am deaf and every time I get these calls, its infuriating because when I answer the phone, and no one is there, I know its telemarketers!


Off to sign the registry now!
post #6 of 49
I support the nationwide do not call list. I get so many telemarketer calls in a day, I've had to warn my friends I screen my calls. I'll only pick up when I hear "Christy? Are you home?" I'd love it if they could do the same for email spam. After all, as a woman, do I really need to enlarge, um, well, my private parts? Or need Viagra?
post #7 of 49
I really HATE those calls!! I do NO business over the phone. I want to see things in writing first! Calling me is a total waste of time!
post #8 of 49
I signed up for it tonight. You can register up to 3 phone numbers at a time. Make sure to register your cel phone as well!!!!

The site is very busy, it took me about 20 minutes to get on it. But worth the wait!!

post #9 of 49
The part that bugs me is that you can't even get a word in edgewise to say "no thanks".

I am signed up!
post #10 of 49
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I signed it right before I posted and I haven't received my emails yet. I'm sure their swamped, but I thought I'd get my emails by now.

Do you think I should sign up again?
post #11 of 49
I am sure they are so busy right now, so I think it will take some time - if it takes more than 72 hours, then try again.
post #12 of 49
I signed up 4 hours ago and still have not received my e-mails either. But I am definitely for the no-call list. Those calls are very annoying.
post #13 of 49
You all read my mind. I was about to post that I hadn't received my email yet. The news article on my ISP's homepage said that 735,000 people have signed up today alone!
post #14 of 49
I tried this morning and couldn't get in. According to the morning news, the site crashed several times. This evening, I got in on the first try and registered our phones. I'm still waiting for the e-mail, though.
post #15 of 49
LOL I HAAAATE telemarketers too. One called and woke me up today, and she said "Hi this is Marie with the Chronicle", and I replied with "Hi, thanks but I'm not interested". Instead of saying "thank you goodbye, she starts pushing me. I finally interrupted her and said "THANKS BUT I AM NOT INTERESTED" and hung up. I hate being rude, but they WOKE me up, and then completely ignoring me when I said "no thanks" ticked me off.
post #16 of 49
That's a great idea! I wish they had it here. I'm going to pass this info on to my mom. She doesn't have Internet access, but she can call.
post #17 of 49
If I understand the law correctly, it's illegal for telemarketers to call you on your cell phone. It costs you money (you pay for minutes, they're using your alloted minutes) so they can't do it. I no longer have problems giving out my cell # on forms, I've been doing it for years now. I don't get any solicitor calls on it.
post #18 of 49
I completely agree with putting a stop on the telemarkers for the people who do not want to deal with them.
post #19 of 49
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For those of you who have registered, have you gotten your emails?
I haven't yet....I thought for sure I'd get them by now?
post #20 of 49
I havent gotten mine yet, weird.
post #21 of 49
I haven't gotten my either,but they are getting lots!!!!!!!!!!!
post #22 of 49
No, I haven't gotten mine yet either.
post #23 of 49
For those waiting for emails, on the news last night it was reported that the system was so overwhelmed, confirming emails might take several days to get to everyone. Give it a week, and if you don't hear anything, try again.
post #24 of 49
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Ok, thanks Christy!
post #25 of 49
I just got mine!
post #26 of 49
Thanks for the update, because I am still waiting.....

Is this going to be like waiting for my tax refund?
post #27 of 49
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Nothing here yet either Deb. I've always had good luck with getting my income tax refund pretty quick...maybe my luck has worn out?
post #28 of 49
I agree with the Not Call List, but I am not sure if I will sign up or not. My reason is because I have just bought a caller ID for my telephone.
post #29 of 49
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I have caller ID on my phone too, but I just hate the fact that they call me constantly. I can't count how many times different credit card companies have called here this week telling me that I'm approved for their card.

They are pushy and rude & they don't take no for an answer. That bugs me! It wouldn't be so bad if they didn't keep pushing you to buy their stuff or take their credit card or whatever. I know it's their job to sell their products, but there has got to be a better solution than annoying the crap out of people.
post #30 of 49
We've had caller ID for quite a while. If the caller is "unknown" or "out of area" we just don't answer it, but we still get 20+ sales calls a day and it is SOOOO annoying. I registered and am very happy with the idea of a do not call list. I know when AT&T called and tried to sell me their long distance I asked them to put me on their "do not call" list, and they called again THE VERY NEXT DAY! Hopefully this new list will work.

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