For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Bob Cooper
(208) 334-4112

Date: May 6, 2004

Wasden Describes No Call List Changes

(Boise) - Idaho residents who have registered for the Idaho No Call List will be automatically included on the National Do Not Call Registry effective July 1, Attorney General Lawrence Wasden said. Wasden also encouraged Idaho residents who registered for the state Do Not Call List but have not registered for the national list to do so immediately to shorten a potential gap in coverage.

Idahoans may sign up for the National Do Not Call Registry by visiting the Attorney General's Internet site and following the links to the Federal Trade Commission's registration site. Registration is free of charge.

"The Idaho Legislature has updated Idaho's No Call Law to work in conjunction with the National Do Not Call Registry," Attorney General Wasden said. "However, due to the language of the federal statute, Idaho residents who have registered only for the state list may experience a brief period in which they receive unwanted telephone solicitations. To shorten that period, I strongly encourage Idaho residents who registered for the state list and have not already registered for the National Do Not Call Registry, to do so as soon as possible. Idaho residents who have already registered for the national list need not take any further action."

The new law allows the Attorney General's Office to provide phone numbers that have been registered on the Idaho No Call List to the Federal Trade Commission for inclusion on the National Do Not Call Registry. It also provides that the National Do Not Call Registry may serve as Idaho's No Call List, making it unnecessary for the Attorney General's Office to continue maintaining and publishing a separate state list.

As a result of changes in the law, the Attorney General's Office will stop taking registrations for the Idaho No Call List after June 30, 2004. The Attorney General's Office will also cease publication of a separate state list for telemarketers. However, the Attorney General will continue to enforce Idaho's No Call Law.

When the amended law takes effect on July 1, 2004, the Attorney General's Office will provide the approximately 50,000 phone numbers that have been registered on the Idaho No Call List over the past three years to the Federal Trade Commission. The Federal Trade Commission will add these phone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry. However, it is not illegal for telemarketers to call phone numbers on the national list until three months after the date of registration. The federal registration for phone numbers the Attorney General's Office will transfer to the FTC on July 1st will not become fully effective until October 1, 2004.

Consumers can shorten this period by registering with the FTC immediately, Wasden said. A phone number registered on May 6 will receive full protection of the law on August 6, shortening the gap in coverage by 56 days.

"I understand from the FTC that many of the larger telemarketing companies download an updated list weekly, so the number of calls received may not be all that significant," Wasden said. "Still, with 50,000 Idaho phone numbers potentially affected, I wanted to make sure that Idahoans have an opportunity to minimize the gap."

"The Idaho No Call List has been a great success and has provided a worthwhile service to the people of Idaho over the past three years," Attorney General Wasden said. "This merge with the national list is a positive move, streamlining do-not-call protection for citizens and allowing my office to focus on enforcement of the law. I want to remind telemarketers that calling an Idaho citizen whose phone number is registered on the National Do Not Call Registry will not only be a violation of federal law, it will be a violation of state law. We will vigorously enforce the state No Call Law. Consumers may continue to submit complaints electronically or in writing to my Consumer Protection Unit."

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