Jared Strauss


On October 1, 2003, the Federal Trade Commission’s National Do- Not-Call Registry was supposed to go into effect. By forbidding companies and telemarketers from making unsolicited calls to anyone who had registered their phone number on the list three months prior, this program culminated a decade’s worth of efforts to alleviate consumer frustration with unwanted sales calls. However, on September 27, 2003, the District of Colorado derailed the registry, holding that the rule made an unconstitutional distinction between commercial and noncommercial speech by covering commercial calls and exempting calls for charitable, religious, or political organizations.