Recent changes in telemarketing legislation impact a telemarketer's ability to place outbound calls to customers and especially to prospective customers. The National Telemarketing Laws, frequently referred to as "Do Not Call List" legislation, or DNC, created a listing for consumers to register their wish not to receive telemarketing calls. Consumers' numbers will remain on the registry for five years, or until they change their phone number.
Since October 1, 2003, businesses that engage in outbound telemarketing are prohibited from calling phone numbers listed on the national Do Not Call Registry, which represent over 50 million phone numbers. The only consumer information that companies receive from the national Do Not Call Registry is each registrant's telephone number. As of October 1, it is illegal for most telemarketers to call a number listed on the registry and violators are subject to a fine of $11,000 per violation.
The FCC has also adopted "Do Not Call" rules that apply to industries under its control and which largely track the FTC's rules. In addition, a number of states have their own "Do not call" statutes and registries.
If you are purchasing AT&T services for the purpose of making telephone solicitations or otherwise engaging in telemarketing, please be aware that you must comply with the national Do-Not-Call requirements as set forth in 47 C.F.R. Section a4.1200 and 16 C.F.R. Part 310, as well as any applicable state requirements.