Washington, D.C.--The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to update its Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, calling for the implementation of one nationwide do-not-call registry in conjunction with the FTC. The FTC's do-not-call registry officially begins operations on Friday. Until now, the FTC and the FCC had been working on individual do-not-call efforts.
The FCC's updates to the list also expand the reach of the do-not-call registry to include industries not covered under the FTC's current rules, including insurance, banking and telecommunications. In addition, the FCC stipulates that telemarketers cannot block caller ID and places restrictions on their use of predictive dialers, which automate outbound telemarketing calls.
In reaction to the vote, the American Teleservices Association denounced the ruling, saying it would cost the jobs of at least two million U.S. workers. Meanwhile, the Direct Marketing Association said that while it supports a national do-not-call program, it is concerned about the costs associated with implementing the list.