In 1995, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) promulgated telemarketing rules that prohibit “a seller or telemarketer [of goods or services] from calling a consumer who has previously asked not to be called by or on behalf of that seller.” Earlier this year, the FTC amended its rules to make it easier for consumers to avoid telemarketing calls. Under the revised rule, commonly known as the “Do Not Call” rule, individuals can choose to prohibit all commercial telemarketing calls to their homes or cellular phones, with a limited exception for calls made pursuant to an established business relationship. The revised FTC rules also, for the first time, impose limitations on telemarketing for charitable donations; under the new rules, individuals may prohibit calls to their homes by any charities that they specifically designate.
Brief of Amici Curiae – Representatives W.J. “Billy” Tauzin and John D. Dingell and Certain Other Members of the House of Representatives of the United States,
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