Fees to Increase for Telemarketers Who Want to Access the National Do Not Call Registry in 2018
All telemarketers must subscribe every year for access to numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has announced the fees that telemarketers must pay to access phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry for fiscal year 2018—which begins on October 1, 2017.
The annual fees will rise slightly from fiscal year 2017 (ending September 30) and are set forth in a Federal Register notice.
Rules for telemarketers
All telemarketers calling consumers in the United States are required to download the numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry to ensure that they do not call consumers who have registered their phone numbers with the Registry.
When telemarketers access the National Do Not Call Registry, the first five area codes are free. Organizations that are exempt from the Do Not Call rules—such as some nonprofits and charitable organizations—may obtain the entire list for free.
Telemarketers must subscribe every year for access to phone numbers on the National Do Not Call Registry.
Fees for 2018
The FTC says that the fees to access the National Do Not Call Registry for fiscal year 2018 will increase based on a reevaluation, as required by the National Do Not Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007.
For 2018, telemarketers will pay $62 for yearly access to Registry phone numbers in a single area code (an increase of $1 from 2017), up to a maximum charge of $17,021 for all area codes nationwide (up from $16,714 in 2017). The fee for accessing an additional area code for a half year will increase to $31.