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State Laws Hope To Close The Loopholes

The FCC has done pretty much all they can while still being considered bipartisan. They have of course made the privacy of the American people a priority, the revisions to the various laws such as the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (“TCPA”) or the Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR). We say this all the time here at KillTheCalls, the Do Not Call Registry is never enough. There are a number of ways for telemarketing calls to still come through to your landline number (Landline only, remember? If they call your cell phone read this article).

States across the nation are fed up with it. They have been putting their own No Call Lists into effect for years. The opt-in services were usually offered for a small fee of some kind (the fees are supposedly allocated to the operation of the No Call programs and enforcing laws. Many of the state lists have followed the same exemptions as the Federal list.

Still, in most cases these laws help to prevent companies from calling you that would have an exemption under the NDNCR. Some of the state registries rule out the “established relationship” exemption. A few also impose consequences when a telemarketers failed to identify his or her true first and last names and the business on whose behalf he or she is soliciting immediately upon making contact; called a telephone number on the Do Not Call list (subscriber); made a pre-recorded sales call to either a subscriber or non-subscriber. Some states also prevent any business from autodialing, a revision to the TCPA addressed “robocalls”, but still allows them from non-profits, political organizations, and emergency alert services at a federal level.

It comes as no surprise to many that the troops have been rallied and multiple motions have been filed with the FCC asking for these state laws to be done away with.