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How to put your cell phone number on the do-not-call-list

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has assumed responsibility for maintaining the list of telephone customers who do not want to receive calls from telemarketers, according to the Kentucky Public Service Commission.

Under a bill passed by the 2007 Kentucky General Assembly, names already on the Kentucky do-not-call list were transferred last year to the FTC’s national registry. Kentucky customers wishing to sign up for the do-not-call list must do so by contacting the FTC at www.donotcall.gov or tollfree at (888) 382-1222 (TTY 866- 290-4236) from the number they wish to register.

PSC Chairman Mark David Gross noted that the do-not-call list has been the subject of a number of rumors in recent months.

“Contrary to some of the information circulating in cyberspace, telemarketers are not about to receive unrestricted access to wireless phones,” Goss said. “All a consumer needs to do to protect his or her wireless phone number is to place it on the do-not-call list.”

Goss also said that there is no truth to the rumor that the FTC will begin removing numbers from the list if they were registered more than five years ago. The FTC says it will not purge numbers until either it or Congress makes a final decision on whether to impose an expiration period, he said.

The Kentucky law bars telemarketing calls with the exception of those soliciting donations for charities; those made by companies with which the recipient has a prior business relationship, debt or contract; or those made at the recipient’s request.

Complaints regarding possible violations of Kentucky or federal donot call statutes may be filed with the Kentucky Office of Attorney General (www.nocall.ky.gov or 866- 877-7867) or the FTC (www.donotcall.gov or 888-382- 1222.

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