The Do Not Call list is officially known as the National Do Not Call Registry. It’s a federal database of private phone numbers that have requested telemarketers stop calling them. Despite telemarketing being almost as old as the national phone network, the origin of the Do Not Call Registry only dates back to 1991.
That’s when the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) was first introduced. Today, this Act specifically limits telemarketing, automatic dialers, and non-live voice messages. It also prohibits solicitors from ,
Calling between the hours of 9 pm and 8 am for the recipient
Using prerecorded or automated voice messages to contact residences or cell phones
Using automatic calling equipment to contact cell phones
Violating do-not-call requests
The federal DNC Registry was officially created in 2003 after the codifications of the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act. While each company was initially required to maintain a list of do-not-call numbers, it wasn’t enough. So many companies were using telemarketing that blocking a single company didn’t stop the influx of calls.
The federal list simplifies the process for consumers by acting as a central database that all commercial solicitors must respect. Companies who are obligated to follow the TCPA must monitor the DNC registry and follow it to the best of their abilities.
What is national DNC?
The National Do Not Call Registry is a list of phone numbers from consumers who have indicated their preference to limit the telemarketing calls they receive. The registry is managed by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the nation’s consumer protection agency. It is enforced by the FTC, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), and state officials.
What is federal DNC?
The federal government's National Do Not Call Registry is a free, easy way to reduce the telemarketing calls you get at home. To register your phone number or to get information about the registry, visit www.donotcall.gov, or call 1-888-382-1222 from the phone number you want to register.