The Federal Trade Commission has announced FY 2016 fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. The fees will not increase, and are set forth in a Federal Register notice.
All telemarketers calling consumers in the United States are required to download the numbers on the Do Not Call Registry to ensure they do not call those who have registered their phone numbers. The first five area codes are free, and organizations that are exempt from the Do Not Call rules, such as some charitable organizations, may obtain the entire list for free. Telemarketers must subscribe each year for access to the Registry numbers.
The access fees for the Registry will remain the same as last year based on a re-evaluation as required by the Do‑Not‑Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007. Under the Act’s provisions, telemarketers will pay $60 for access to Registry phone numbers in a single area code, up to a maximum charge of $16,482 for all area codes nationwide.
The Commission vote authorizing publication of the Federal Register notice announcing the new fees was 4-0. (FTC File No. P034305; the staff contact is Nicholas Mastrocinque, Bureau of Consumer Protection, 202‑326‑3188.)
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Mitchell J. Katz
Office of Public Affairs