Tim Searcy


Senators, thank you for giving me this opportunity to testify before you today, on a matter of great importance to U.S. consumers, and business alike: the formation of a federal Do Not Call Registry. I am the Executive Director of the American Teleservices Association, which is the largest and only association dedicated exclusively to the interests of the teleservices industry. We are enjoying our twentieth anniversary this year, and represent approximately 650 rms involved in the teleservices industry. Our membership is tremendously diverse, and encompasses all aspects of telemarketing, customer service, market research, political calling, non- profit fundraising and technical product support. We also represent the rms that provide long distance, equipment providers, outsourced teleservices firms, consultants and in-house teleservices operations like banks, major retailers, cable television, local telephone service, etc.