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10 year anniversary of Wisconsin's 'Do Not Call' list


MADISON (WSAU)  Wisconsin is about to observe the 10th anniversary of one of the state government’s most popular programs – the do-not-call list for telemarketers. Hundreds-of-thousands of Wisconsinites have enjoyed relative peace-and-quiet over the last decade. And Friday is the deadline to either sign up to get on the next quarterly no-call list, or renew your spot.

People must re-register at least every two years, so telemarketers can be assured that the no-call list is accurate. Those who don’t sign up by Friday will have to wait until to make the next quarterly list which comes out in April.

Wisconsin’s first no-call list was sent to telemarketers in January of 2003. Only land-lines could be registered at first, but lawmakers agreed to add cell phones a few years later. And while the law keeps most pitchmen at bay, it does not stop all solicitations. Political candidates can still call – and so can charities and companies that you’ve done business with before. Foreign scammers have become more of a problem in recent years. In the last legislative session, there was talk of doing away with Wisconsin’s no-call list, and making everybody join a similar national list. But the idea never went anywhere.

To get on the list, log onto NoCall.Wisconsin.Gov, or call 1-866-9NO-CALL.