POSTED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 6:44pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 17, 2013 - 8:16pm
Tyler (KETK) — This is day one of a new Federal law that limits what telemarketers can do.
Many people can rest easy knowing their private phone numbers are now more protected...but it goes farther than that. You've heard this sound during dinner... the phone ringing off the hook from telemarketers.
So today, the FCC put into effect a new rule that prohibits these companies from contacting you.
Basically, this new rule means that you will no longer be on any calling, mailing, or texting lists unless the company has a signature with your name and phone number.
If you receive an unsolicited message through phone or text from an organization, simply forward that message to the number "7726". This spells "SPAM". The phone carrier then blocks the number.
In the event the company continues to send these messages, there are penalties. The fines will be anywhere from $500 to $1,500 dollars per violation.
KETK went out to speak with East Texans, where the overwhelming majority was thrilled with this new regulation.
However, this may not be a unanimous reaction from companies that rely on telemarketing.
These organizations are liable for catastrophic settlements. Often times owing more than $1 million for damages.