Is it possible to have a quite evening meal at home without being interrupted by telemarketers? I'm not sure, but we can try.

You can do one of two things; First, you can take the annoying marketing call and then interrogate them like you're a cop, or you can have your phone number placed on the official Do Not Call list.

National Do Not Call Registry

The following is taken, verbatim, from printed material mailed to me by my phone cpmany.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in conjunction with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), has established a National Do Not Call Registry for consumers who wish to avoid receiving telemarketing calls. Federal enforcement of the National Do Not Call Registry began Oct. 1, 2003.

The National Do Not Call Registry will not prevent all unwanted calls. For instance, it will not prevent:

  • Calls from organizations with which you have established a business relationship in the preceding 18 months
  • Calls for which you have given prior written consent.
  • Calls which are not commercial or do not include unsolicited advertisements.
  • Calls by or on behalf of tax- exempt non-profit organizations.

The National Do Not Call Registry is continuously updated, so your number will be added to the list at virtually the same time you register. As of Jan. 1, 2005, Telemarketers have 31 days from the date you register to stop calling you.

Please remember that you must re-register with the National Do Not Call Registry every five years. If you change your telephone number for any reason, you must also re-register to have your new telephone number included on the list.

You may add your residential telephone number, including your wireless number, to the National Do Not Call Registry by visiting www.donotcall.gov. You may also have your number added or removed from the registry by calling 1-888-382-1222, or for TIYusers, 1-866-290-4236, from the telephone number that you want added or removed.

Additional information on the National Do Not Call Registry Is available at the Web address or by calling the toll-free numbers listed above.