PICKERING PROMOTES DO-NOT-CALL LEGISLATION
Today, Congressman Michael Doyle (D-Pennsylvania) and Congressman Chip Pickering (R-Mississippi) introduced the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 (HR 3541). Doyle is the sponsor of this bill and Pickering is the lead Republican cosponsor. This legislation would put an end to the 5 year expiration on numbers entered into the National Do Not Call Registry.
"This legislation is a common sense approach to improving one of the most popular programs enacted by Congress," Pickering said. "Not only will this bill result in a simplified process by making the Do Not Call' List permanent, it will ensure the continued satisfaction in this program in the future."
Currently over 132 million home and mobile telephone numbers have been submitted to the National Do Not Call Registry since its inception on June 27, 2003. However, the regulations written by the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission require that the registry delete individuals' numbers after 5 years, forcing the people who own those numbers to resubmit their information. As of June 2008, millions of people will begin to receive telemarketing calls again and many may not realize that their listing has expired.
"It makes no sense to force people to sign up again every couple of years," observed Congressman Doyle, who is Vice Chairman of the House and Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, which has jurisdiction over this program. "Unfortunately, that's just what will happen if action isn't taken - over 50 million phone numbers will be purged from the Do Not Call Registry with in the next year - and that's why we've introduced legislation to make the federal do not call' list permanent."
The Doyle-Pickering bill, referred to as the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007, would eliminate the existing expiration of listings on the federal Do Not Call Registry. If this bill is enacted, individuals would not have to sign up for the Do Not Call list every five years and still have the ability to remove their number from the list if they wish to do so.