According to testimony by Lydia Parnes, Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection at the Federal Trade Commission,
Consumers have registered more than 146 million telephone numbers since the Registry became operational in June 2003, and the Do Not Call program has been tremendously successful in protecting consumers’ privacy from unwanted telemarketing calls. A Harris Interactive® Survey released in January 2006 showed that 94% of American adults have heard of the Registry and 76% have signed up for it.29 Ninety-two percent of those polled reported receiving fewer telemarketing calls.
Twenty-seven of the Commission’s telemarketing cases have alleged Do Not Call violations, resulting in $8.8 million in civil penalties and $8.6 million in redress or disgorgement ordered.
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