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Federal Trade Commission
The FTC has announced updated fees for telemarketers accessing phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. Starting on October 1, 2013, telemarketers will pay $59 (an increase of $1) for access to Registry phone numbers in a single area code, up to a maximum charge of $16,228 for all area codes nationwide (an increase from the previous maximum of $15,962). Starting April 1, 2014, telemarketers will pay $1 more per area code for numbers they subscribe to receive for a total of $30 per area code.
All telemarketers calling consumers in the United States are required to download the numbers on the Do Not Call Registry to ensure they do not call those who have registered their phone numbers. The first five area codes are free, and organizations that are exempt from the Do Not Call rules, such as some charitable organizations, may obtain the entire list for free. Telemarketers must subscribe each year for access to the Registry numbers. FTC News Release
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