On Wednesday, February 12, 2003, the House
of Representatives is scheduled to consider the Do-Not-Call Implementation
Act (H.R. 395) (To view the Full text of legislation ). The establishment of a national “do not call”
registry was established under the Telephone Consumer Fraud and Abuse
consumers will be able to place their telephone numbers on this list,
and it will be illegal to call a number listed on the registry by
most telemarketers. The registry will be implemented once the Commission
receives Congressional approval for funding. About four months later, consumers will be
allowed to place their names on the registry.
Federal Trade Commission (FTC) will start enforcing the registry three
months later, and fewer calls will be received by consumers who have
enrolled. The measure authorizes the FTC to promulgate
regulations establishing fees to implement and enforce provisions
relating to the “do-not-call’ registry of the Telemarketing Sales
Rule. This provision prohibits a telemarketer from
calling an individual listed on a do-not-call registry. Also, for fiscal year 2003 through 2007 the
bill allows for such fees to be collected.
Can You Do?
Urge your representative
to SUPPORT the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act (H.R.
Hill Switchboard Numbers: 202-225-3121 or 202-224-3121. Those numbers will direct you to the Capitol
Hill operator. Ask for your representative's office.)
go to your representative's website, find his E-mail or to find out
who your representatives are... http://www.house.gov/house/MemberWWW.html
electronically mail your U.S. House of Representative, go to http://www.house.gov/htbin/wrep_findrep.
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