The Federal Trade Commission amended the Telemarketing Sales Rule to revise the rates for entities accessing the FTC's Do-Not-Call Registry. Effective October 1, 2012, the amended Rule increases the annual fee for access to the Registry for each area code of data from $56 to $58 per area code; increases the fee per area code of data during the second six months of an entity's annual subscription period from $28 to $29; and increases the maximum amount that will be charged to any single entity for accessing area codes of data from $15,503 to $15,962.
The Telemarketing Sales Rule requires sellers to access the Registry prior to making telemarketing calls to persons within any area code. There are exceptions if the seller is calling a person (1) after receiving that person's written authorization to place calls to that person or (2) who is in an established business relationship with the seller and has not stated that she does not wish to receive telemarketing calls from the seller.
The Do-Not-Call Registry Fee Extension Act of 2007 requires the FTC to increase the Registry rates each fiscal year in which the Consumer Price Index (CPI) has increased by more than 1 percent since the last rate increase. The FTC recalculates the rates by multiplying the percentage change in a baseline CPI by the original fiscal year 2009 fees contained in the Act.