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News | 01/13/2003 5:00 am EST

Americans establish Do Not Call registry over Congressional worry
The Federal Trade Commission in Washington has set up a series of changes to its telemarketing rules, including the establishment of a national Do Not Call registry. Most of the changes take effect immediately, but the registry will not be operating until this summer at the earliest. At one point, Republican congressman Billy Tauzin, powerful chair of the House energy and commerce committee, had threatened to delay funding for the registry but endorsed the proposal following discussions with FTC chair Timothy Muris. The committee is now backing the idea.

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