Posted: 9/6/2017

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Telemarketers who contact U.S. consumers should be aware that the Federal Trade Commission is raising fees to access phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.

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Telemarketers who contact U.S. consumers should be aware that the Federal Trade Commission is raising fees to access phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry. All telemarketers who call U.S. consumers are required to download the number on the Do Not Call Registry to ensure they are not calling consumers who have registered their phone numbers. Telemarketers must subscribe yearly to access the registered numbers.

Organizations may have free access for up to five area codes, but additional area codes will incur a fee. Beginning October 1, 2017, yearly access fees to registry numbers in a single area code will increase to $62, up to a maximum charge of $17,021 for all area codes nationwide. Fees for accessing an additional area code for half a year will increase to $31. Fees must be paid online to Pay.gov during the subscription or renewal process.

Organizations that are exempt from the Do Not Call rules, for example charitable organizations, may obtain the list free of charge.

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