>>It doesn't say anything about banks, insurance companies or long-distance phone companies,<<
The site has been changed since Saturday and no longer lists all the specific exceptions. Now you have to dig into the regs to find them, but they are still there (and very hard to find in the regs, the federal regs are perfect "put you to sleep" reading.) Here's a link to more information (the exceptions are listed in paragraph 5):http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/conline/pubs/buspubs/calling.htm
>> but maybe you can also request that you be put on their "do not call" list.<<
Yes, you still can and they are supposed to honor your request.
The early registrants have all taken a couple of days to receive their confirmation emails. As the registrations rate slows down the messages will be sent faster.
Also, beginning in January all telemarketers are required to transmit their number for caller id. They're also supposed to transmit their name (if possible). Currently most block that feature.
There is also a new requirement that should eliminate some of the "hang ups". In our case we get a large number of calls where the caller hangs up as soon as the answering machine clicks in.
The hours of calling are being limited to 8AM to 9PM (we get calls as late as 10pm at times.) The seller is supposed to identify themselves and what they are selling before any sales pitch.
On any given day we get anywhere from 20 to 30 calls from "unknown caller". Even with caller ID, and not answering the phone, it's still a disruption to get up and go over to the phone.