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Thursday, October 25, 2007


The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has decided to delay the purging of telephone numbers on the Do-Not-Call list until Congress decides whether to make it permanent. (See FTC release) A five-year limit had been established to begin deleting numbers if participants did not renew their registration. The registry now holds 145 million numbers, and is updated monthly to remove disconnected and reassigned numbers. The FTC feels confident it can still meet updating standards, even if the program is made permanent. Started in 2003, non renewed numbers were scheduled to be removed starting in 2008. A Harris Interactive survey released January of 2006 showed that 94 percent of the public was familiar with the registry and 76 percent had placed their numbers on it. This is truly a program for which the FTC can be commended.

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