national do-not-call list to go live
The Federal Trade Commission's Do Not Call Registry is launching in the next several days, according to the Associated Press.
The free service, first proposed last year, will begin registering consumers before the end of the month.
The Federal Communications Commission was to vote Thursday on whether the industries whose calls it regulates, including airlines, banks and telephone companies, will be subject to the FTC program.
Consumers will be able to sign up on a Web site by providing the phone number they want protected and an e-mail address so they can receive a confirmation message, the FTC said. The only identifying information kept will be the phone number.
Telephone registration using a toll-free number will begin at the same time in states west of the Mississippi River, including Minnesota and Louisiana, the FTC said. Nationwide registration should be available about 10 days later. Consumers will have to call from the number they want to register.
...The government says consumers who register should see a decrease in telemarketing calls after it begins enforcing the do-not-call list in October.
We're on Indiana's DNC list, and as I perceive matters, it's been tremendously effective in reducing unwanted telemarketing calls. I expect to register for the national list as soon as possible. I applaud the FTC in taking this non-intrusive and sensible step to protect consumers' privacy.
Update: After 12 hours in operation, the list garnered more than 370,000 numbers. Wow.