FTC Do Not Call List Registry Includes Cell Phones

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FTC National Do Not Call List Registry (Includes Cell Phone Numbers)

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In the past three months, the hallways at Groesbeck-based Tel-A-Sell Marketing Inc. have become a lot less crowded. CEO Edd O'Connor has been forced to trim his telemarketing staff from 72 to 18. "I was running a full house earlier this year," said O'Connor. One of the big reason for the cuts: the chilling effects of the National Do Not Call Registry and other similar efforts in statehouses across the country. A month into the sign-ups for the federal Do Not Call list, nearly 30 million phone numbers across the United States have been registered for the list. That number could double by the time the list takes effect on Oct. 1. The ATA, which is challenging the list in court, said the national list could eventually cause more than 2 million lost telemarketing jobs.

Telemarketing Industry Takes FCC to Court Over 'Do Not Call' Telemarketers expanded their legal challenge to the government's do-not-call list, suing a second federal agency over the call-blocking service for consumers that the industry says will devastate business and cost up to two million jobs. The free government registry for blocking telephone sales pitches has grown to more than 28 million numbers since it was opened June 27, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which operates the service. The FTC has predicted registration to grow to 60 million numbers by next summer. The American Teleservices Association, an industry group that sued the FTC in January to stop the list, asked the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver on Friday to reject new regulations set by the Federal Communications Commission.

Ten million users registered in four days. A few days later, it was 20 million. This past Wednesday, less than a month after registration opened for the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC's) National Do Not Call Registry, Americans had volunteered 28 million phone numbers, representing over a third of all U.S. households. What's equally stunning is 89 percent of these numbers were registered online, making the FTC's National Do Not Call initiative most probably the most successful site launch. Ever. For two weeks after it went live on June 25, the registry was the most searched-for site on the major search engines, spiking the Nielsen//NetRatings charts. It wouldn't be realistic to anticipate numbers like that for your next campaign, but the registry's runaway success reveals important information about online media's role in American life. "It's been an off-the-charts hit," affirms Cathy MacFarlane, the FTC's public affairs spokesperson. "We anticipated huge demand, and we got it."

Americans have submitted 23 million phone numbers in the last two weeks for the federal do-not-call registry. Telemarketers who call the numbers on the list would face large fines once the registry takes effect in October.

Consumers who used Yahoo Mail e-mail accounts to register for the Federal Trade Commission's new do-not-call service were met with an ironic twist Friday -- Yahoo's spam filter intercepted confirmation messages sent from FTC servers. The glitch was discovered by Washington security firm NetFrameworks during routine evaluations of spam filters that the company performs for its clients.

People eager to block telemarketing calls overwhelmed a government Web site that began accepting phone numbers yesterday for a national do-not-call registry. From 12:01 a.m. yesterday to 5 p.m., 735,000 numbers were registered through both a toll-free phone service and the Web site, according to the Federal Trade Commission, which operates the registry. This, despite the difficulty many people had logging on to the registry's Web site,

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