No expiration date now for 'Do Not Call' listings

Those annoying telephone solicitations look to become more and more a thing of the past.

Under legislation signed into law Feb. 15 by President Bush, people no longer have to renew their listing on the federal "Do Not Call" registry, the Georgia Public Service Commission office in Atlanta said Monday.

The registry, which previously had a five-year expiration period, was launched in June 2003.

Those registering on the federal list are automatically placed on the Georgia "Do Not Call" registry, the PSC said.

And there is no charge to be placed on either list. The Georgia commission said it receives — and returns — about 20 checks from consumers each month because they mistakenly believe there is a fee.

Calls from telemarketers should cease after the telephone number has been placed on the national registry for 31 days.

Both land-line home phones and cell phones are included in the legislation.

To be put on the federal registry, call 1-888-382-1222 or visit online at www.donotcall.gov.

To register a complaint against a telemarketer, visit the same Web site or call 1-888-225-5322.