Telemarketer Blockage Service Starts

The federal government Friday launched a national “do-not-call” registry aimed at stopping most telemarketing phone calls to people who regard the sales pitches as invasive and want them blocked.

Within hours, 370,000 phone numbers had been registered, the Federal Trade Commission said. Officials said they expect 60 million people to register eventually.

Consumers can sign up online at or by phone west of the Mississippi River — 1-888-382-1222 — for the registry, managed by the FTC. Nationwide registration by phone will be available next month.


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