President bush pushes do not call list
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Feds step in to enforce Do Not Call list
Staff and wire services
Sept. 30, 2003 12:00 AM
President Bush on Monday signed legislation establishing the National Do Not Call Registry, and the Federal Communications Commission said it will start enforcing it Wednesday despite recent court rulings putting it on hold.
But the Arizona Attorney General's Office said late Monday that it is looking into whether the FCC's position and the court rulings mean the list can be enforced in Arizona. The state was among those that decided to join the Federal Trade Commission's do-not-call program and not operate their own lists.
The FCC said Monday that it would seek fines up to $120,000 against telemarketers each time they call people on the registry. The FCC got involved because the Federal Trace Commission, which is compiling the list and was to enforce it, has been blocked by a federal judge. Arizona is looking into whether that block still applies.
The list of more than 50 million telephone numbers registered by people who do not want to hear from telemarketers was scheduled months ago to take effect Wednesday. The public is being encouraged to continue signing up for the service, and many telemarketers plan to respect the wishes of those on the list even while legal questions remain.