Decided this morning to peruse the FAQ for the National Do Not Call Registry while I’m waiting for my registration emails.
Then I notice this beauty buried way down in the page.
A: No. Placing your number on the National Do Not Call Registry will stop most, but not all, telemarketing calls. Some businesses are exempt from the national registry and still can call you even if you place your number on it. Exempt businesses include:
- long-distance phone companies
- banks and credit unions; and
- the business of insurance, to the extent that it is regulated by state law.
However, many telemarketing calls are placed by professional telemarketing companies, and even if the company whose goods or services are being sold is exempt, the telemarketing company may be covered.
You may still receive calls from political organizations, charities, telephone surveyors or companies with which you have an existing business relationship.
The FCC has initiated a rulemaking proceeding that would extend the National Do Not Call Registry to many of the businesses that are exempt from FTC coverage.
What’s the majority of telemarketing calls I get? Long distance.
So what does this mean for me in the end? Jack shit.