Cell Phone Numbers May Now Be Included On Do Not Call Registry

February 23, 2008
Dwayne Page

Cell phone numbers will be released to telemarketers soon.

You may place your cell phone number (as well as your home number) on the National Do Not Call Registry.

To do so, visit the Do Not Call Registry Web Site at: https://www.donotcall.gov/register/reg.aspx

You may register up to three phone numbers at a time. You simply put in the phone numbers you want placed on the registry and enter your e-mail address. You will receive an e-mail with a verification link for each of the phone numbers you register. Click on the link or copy and paste the link into your browser address bar and the registration is complete. You MUST click on the link within 72 hours to complete the registration.

Or you may register by calling 1-888-382-1222. You must call on the phone you are registering.

You may verify a registration at: https://www.donotcall.gov/confirm/conf.aspx

The Federal Trade Commission launched its national "Do Not Call" registry five years ago prohibiting telemarketers from calling consumers who have placed their telephone numbers on the list.

Congressman Bart Gordon says "Middle Tennesseans are harassed daily with annoying telephone calls from telemarketers,". "I cannot count the times I have tried to sit down with my family to enjoy a meal only to be disturbed by a call from a telemarketer. That's frustrating."

Tennessee has a "Do Not Call" registry enforced by the Tennessee Regulatory Authority.

"The national registry is not intended to preempt Tennessee's registry, or any state's registry," Gordon said. "In fact, the federal government is working with states that have such registries to coordinate efforts."

To be included on both the federal and state lists, Tennessee residents must contact both the FTC and the TRA. To get on the state's "Do Not Call" list, contact the TRA by mail at 460 James Robertson Parkway, Nashville, Tennessee 37243; the Internet at the TRA's Web site or by calling toll free at 1-877-872-7030.

The state of Tennessee is also enforcing its "Do Not Fax" program. It is designed to prohibit organizations and people from sending unsolicited faxes to any Tennessee resident.

The law requires the organization from which unsolicited faxes originate to establish and print on each faxed page a toll-free fax number that consumers may use to inform the fax-sending organization of their desire to be removed from the organization's fax-solicitation database.

Those Tennessee residents who are interested in the "Do Not Fax" program may visit the TRA Web site or e-mail the agency at Tennessee.Do-Not-Fax@state.tn.us.

"These rules should give all of us relief from this kind of intrusion into our homes," Gordon said. "And they should help protect us from abusive and deceptive telemarketing practices."

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