Grants the authority to the Federal Trade Commission to create the National Do-Not-Call Registry in the United States. The registry is open to all consumers, allowing them to place their phone numbers on a national list which makes it illegal for telemarketers to make unsolicited calls to those numbers, the only exceptions being for political activities and non-profit organizations. Originally consumers would have to re-register their numbers with the FTC every five years for continued prevention, but the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 extended registration indefinitely. Violations can be enforced by the FTC, Federal Communications Commission, and state attorneys general with up to a $16,000 fine per violation.
Associated term(s): Federal Trade Commission, Federal Communication Commission, Do-Not-Call Improvement Act, National Do-Not-Call Registry