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Wisconsin no-call list names becoming permanent August 1

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsinites who are on the state's no-call list for telemarketers will be transferred to a federal list on August 1st.

The governor and Legislature voted earlier this year to do away with the state's list. That's because the Federal Trade Commission's list offers the same protections, and will give state consumer protection personnel more to investigate violations.

State officials say the change will become effective next Friday, the first day of the new month. Those on the federal list will not have to re-register every 2 years -- their registrations will take effect the day after they sign up instead of just 4 dates per year under the state list -- and once you're on, telemarketers will have 31 days to stop calling.

The change applies to both land lines and cell phones. The no-call list applies to companies which have not done business with you in the past.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)