On June 17, 2008, the FCC released a Report and Order amending its rules to eliminate the five-year registration period for the National Do-Not-Call Registry. As a result, telemarketers and other sellers must honor all registrations indefinitely until the registration is cancelled by the consumer or the telephone number is disconnected or reassigned.

The FCC’s decision is consistent with the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 (15 U.S.C. § 1601), which prohibits the automatic removal of telephone numbers from the Registry. The Act also requires the FTC to check telephone numbers on the Registry periodically and remove those that have been disconnected or reassigned. The FCC stated in the Report and Order that it would work closely with the FTC to improve the accuracy of the Registry. To read the Report and Order, click here.