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  1. #1
    Mark F
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    Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team


    (Do they come with capes & Special Powers??)

    Washington, D.C.

    October 2, 2003


    Today, FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell announced the creation of a
    special
    Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team to enforce the Commission’s Do-Not-Call
    telemarketing
    rules.

    Chairman Powell said: “Swift and strong enforcement of the FCC’s
    National
    Do-Not-Call rules is our number one enforcement priority.” Enforcement
    Bureau
    Chief David H. Solomon added: “This Team will ensure that we devote all
    the
    necessary resources to protect the privacy rights of American consumers.
    Our
    job
    has been made more difficult by recent court decisions relating to the
    Federal
    Trade Commission’s rules. But telemarketers should make no mistake about
    it –
    the
    FCC is on the job and we will do everything we can to enforce the FCC’s
    own
    Do-Not-Call rules and our other telemarketing rules.”

    The Do-Not-Call Team is composed of experienced attorneys and
    investigators.
    The
    Team is headed by Kurt Schroeder, Deputy Chief of the Enforcement
    Bureau’s
    Telecommunications Consumers Division. In addition to enforcing the
    FCC’s
    National Do-Not-Call rules, the Team is also responsible for enforcing
    the FCC’s
    related telemarketing rules.

    An Enforcement Bureau Fact Sheet on the FCC’s telemarketing rules is
    attached.


    Enforcement Bureau Contacts: Suzanne Tetreault at (202) 418-7450 or Kurt
    Schroeder at (202) 418-0966.


    ENFORCEMENT BUREAU FACT SHEET: THE FCC’S TELEMARKETING RULES

    Under the FCC’s National Do-Not-Call rules, which became effective on
    October 1,
    2003, telemarketers and businesses may not make sales calls to consumers
    who
    have
    registered their residential telephone numbers on the National
    Do-Not-Call
    Registry. Although court rulings have created uncertainties in this
    area, the
    right of consumers to be protected from unwanted telemarketing calls has
    remained
    in place under these FCC rules.

    The FCC also has company-specific Do-Not-Call rules that enable
    consumers to
    request that individual businesses stop making commercial solicitation
    calls to
    their residential telephone lines. Businesses are required to honor such
    requests
    within 30 days and must continue to honor them for five years. These
    rules
    apply
    to all commercial entities and cover calls made both within and between
    states,
    but not to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. The Enforcement Bureau
    recommends
    that consumers write down the dates of their Do-Not-Call requests to
    individual
    businesses, as well as the dates of any subsequent sales calls they
    receive from
    such businesses after 30 days, so that they can provide this information
    to the
    Commission if they wish to file a complaint.

    The FCC also has rules that protect consumers’ rights to be free from
    telemarketing calls between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m., and to be free from most
    telemarketing calls involving pre-recorded commercial messages, which
    are
    unlawful
    even if the consumer has not made a Do-Not-Call request. In addition,
    all
    telemarketers are required to identify, in their telephone
    solicitations, the
    name
    of the person or entity on whose behalf the call is being made, as well
    as a
    telephone number or address at which the person or entity may be
    contacted.

    What Consumers Can Do About Unlawful Sales Calls

    Consumers have private recourse against telemarketers that violate FCC
    telemarketing rules, including the Do-Not-Call requirements. Under
    federal law,
    consumers may file lawsuits against the violators in state courts, and
    they may
    be
    awarded $500 in damages or actual monetary loss, whichever is greater,
    for each
    violation. This amount may be tripled if the consumer is able to show
    that the
    telemarketer willfully and knowingly violated the FCC’s Do-Not-Call
    requirements.

    States themselves may also initiate a lawsuit in federal district court
    against
    telemarketers that violate rights of their residents under the FCC’s
    telemarketing
    rules. To assist their states with such actions, consumers may wish to
    contact
    their state consumer protection office or state Attorney General’s
    office about
    any violations they have experienced. The telephone numbers of these
    state
    agencies should be listed in the government section of the telephone
    directory,
    or
    they can be obtained by calling directory assistance.

    What the FCC Can Do to Help

    The FCC will not be resolving individual complaints, and cannot award
    monetary
    or
    other damages directly to consumers, but consumers should still report
    violations
    of the telemarketing rules. If the FCC receives numerous complaints
    about a
    single individual or business, it may impose substantial monetary
    penalties for
    violations of the FCC’s telemarketing rules. The FCC encourages
    consumers who
    have received such calls to file complaints with the FCC.

    Complaints may be filed with the FCC by e-mail ([email protected]) ,
    telephone
    (voice: 1-888-CALL-FCC [1-888-225-5322] , TTY: 1-888-TELL-FCC
    [1-888-835-5322],
    or U.S. mail (Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and
    Governmental
    Affairs
    Bureau, Consumer Inquiries and Complaints Division, 445 12th Street, SW,
    Washington, D.C. 20554).

    The complaint should include:

    -- name, address, and telephone number where you can be reached during
    the
    business day;

    -- the telephone number involved with the complaint;

    -- as much specific information about the complaint as possible,
    including the
    identity of the telemarketer or business that called and what the call
    was
    about.

    -- if you are filing a Do-Not-Call complaint, in violation of
    Do-Not-Call rules,
    the date that you put your telephone number on the National Do-Not-Call
    Registry
    (if known) or the date you made a Do-Not-Call request to this
    telemarketer or
    company, as well as the date(s) on which you received subsequent
    call(s).

    http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_publi...C-239488A1.doc

    --
    Mark




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  2. #2
    Todd Allcock
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    Re: Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team

    [email protected] (Mark F) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team


    How long did it take to establish the Homeland Security dept. post 9-11?

    Yet 24 hours after DNC takes effect we already have an "Enforcement
    Team"?

    Sure we still can't find bin Laden, but if Sears tries selling us vinyl siding
    during dinner, by God we'll have their asses!

    Glad to know where our priorities are! ;-)



  3. #3
    Mark F
    Guest

    Re: Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team

    [email protected] (Todd Allcock) wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    > [email protected] (Mark F) wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...
    > > Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team

    >
    > How long did it take to establish the Homeland Security dept. post 9-11?
    >
    > Yet 24 hours after DNC takes effect we already have an "Enforcement
    > Team"?
    >
    > Sure we still can't find bin Laden, but if Sears tries selling us vinyl siding
    > during dinner, by God we'll have their asses!
    >
    > Glad to know where our priorities are! ;-)


    ROFL!!!

    [posted via phonescoop.com]



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    Phill.
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    Re: Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team



    > [email protected] (Todd Allcock) wrote in article
    > <[email protected]>:
    > > [email protected] (Mark F) wrote in message
    > > news:<[email protected]>...
    > > > Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team

    > >
    > > How long did it take to establish the Homeland Security dept. post 9-11?
    > >
    > > Yet 24 hours after DNC takes effect we already have an "Enforcement
    > > Team"?
    > >
    > > Sure we still can't find bin Laden, but if Sears tries selling us vinyl
    > > siding
    > > during dinner, by God we'll have their asses!
    > >
    > > Glad to know where our priorities are! ;-)



    Silly - we have no idea where Bin Ladin is or if he is alive,
    we know exactly where Sears is.



  5. #5
    Tech Geek
    Guest

    Re: Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team



    "Phill." <[email protected]> wrote in article
    <[email protected]>:
    >
    > Silly - we have no idea where Bin Ladin is or if he is alive,
    > we know exactly where Sears is.


    We can also pinpoint the location of a cel phone call, take pictures of
    that person from a sattelite in orbit, then listen to his conversation.

    Also, pick his emails out of the 'net'..

    And then all our prez has to do is sign a paper and the Bill or Rights
    is no more.

    [posted via phonescoop.com]



  6. #6
    Been There
    Guest

    Re: Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team

    "Todd Allcock" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    > [email protected] (Mark F) wrote in message

    news:<[email protected]>...
    > > Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team

    >
    > How long did it take to establish the Homeland Security dept. post 9-11?
    >
    > Yet 24 hours after DNC takes effect we already have an "Enforcement
    > Team"?
    >
    > Sure we still can't find bin Laden, but if Sears tries selling us vinyl

    siding
    > during dinner, by God we'll have their asses!
    >
    > Glad to know where our priorities are! ;-)


    Think about it - if there had been as much foreknowledge of 9-11 as there
    was DNC, 9-11 would have been different!

    DNC did NOT happen overnite. It has been in the works for months. You
    premise is flawed!

    Why are you so critical?





  7. #7
    Todd Allcock
    Guest

    Re: Powell announces the creation of a special Do-Not-Call Enforcement Team

    "Been There" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:<[email protected]>...

    > > Sure we still can't find bin Laden, but if Sears tries selling us vinyl

    > siding
    > > during dinner, by God we'll have their asses!
    > >
    > > Glad to know where our priorities are! ;-)

    >
    > Think about it - if there had been as much foreknowledge of 9-11 as there
    > was DNC, 9-11 would have been different!
    >
    > DNC did NOT happen overnite. It has been in the works for months. You
    > premise is flawed!


    In the immortal words of Foghorn Leghorn, "that was a JOKE, Son..."

    > Why are you so critical?


    Well, since you asked...

    I'm actually critical of the FCC stepping in as the last minute "heroes" of
    this drama. The FCC was empowered by Congress to create a national
    DNC list TWELVE years ago, but never bothered. Only when the FTC
    did (without specific authority!) and got b*tch-slapped by the first
    judge for it, did the FCC step in and take over. If the FCC had done
    their job, we'd have had this done a decade ago.

    Also, while telemarketing calls do bother me as much as the next guy,
    I'd hardly say it's a pressing matter. (Particularly for me- I've been
    on my state's no-call lists in the last two states I've lived in.) More
    states have no-call lists than don't, so the national registry is
    redundant for half of us.

    Besides, Lord knows what real work the House and Senate brushed
    aside to pass these "emergency" no-call bills, just to be good guys
    while the story was in the news. Would it have killed us if they got
    around to it in a week, or a month?



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