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Do Not Call deadline is Sunday

August 29, 2003

Undated-- Tired of telemarketers interrupting your dinner? The first deadline for the government's "do not call" list is this Sunday.

Consumers have until Sunday to add their phone numbers to the list to block telemarketing calls starting October first. More than 41 million numbers are already registered, and officials expect that number to shoot up to 60 million by the end of the year.

Officials say those who sign up after this weekend will likely have to wait until early next year before calls are blocked.

Telemarketers have asked the federal courts to block the new rules, saying they violate their free speech rights, and that case is pending.

The FTC estimates the list will block about 80 percent of telemarketing calls.

Charities, pollsters and political campaigns are exempt. Consumers can register for the do-not-call list by calling 1-888-382-1222 or visiting their website.

This list is different from the Georgia Do Not Call list.

posted at 10:45AM by dave.miller@walb.com

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