Countdown to the National DNCL launch: three weeks to go



    OTTAWA-GATINEAU, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - In just three weeks, the Canadian
Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) will launch the
National Do Not Call List (DNCL). Starting on September 30, 2008, Canadian
consumers will be able to register their telephone numbers on the National
DNCL for free to reduce the number of telemarketing calls and faxes they
receive.

    New responsibilities for non-exempt telemarketers

    Telemarketers, including organizations that hire a third party to make
calls for them, will have to register with the National DNCL. As of
September 30, 2008, they must register online at www.LNNTE-DNCL.gc.ca. There
is no charge for registration.
    Telemarketers must also purchase a subscription for the area codes they
intend to call. Before making any calls, they will need to make sure they are
using a version of the National DNCL that is not older than 31 days, and that
they do not call the home phone, cellular and fax numbers that are on the
list.

    New responsibilities for exempt telemarketers

    Certain telemarketing calls and faxes are exempt from the National DNCL
Rules. Exempt telemarketers include:

    
    - registered charities seeking donations
    - newspapers looking for subscriptions
    - political parties and their candidates
    - companies that have an existing business relationship with a consumer
      (within the previous 18 months), and
    - organizations directing calls and faxes to businesses.
    

    Exempt telemarketers must register with the National DNCL. However, they
do not have to purchase a subscription to, or download, the National DNCL.

    Additional responsibilities

    All telemarketers, whether exempt or non-exempt, have to maintain their
own internal do not call lists. If a consumer asks not be contacted, his or
her name and number must be added to the telemarketer's own internal do not
call list within 31 days.
    In addition, all telemarketers, whether exempt or non-exempt, must comply
with the CRTC's Telemarketing Rules and Automatic Dialing and Announcing
Device Rules.

    Market research, polls and surveys

    Calls made for the purpose of market research, polls or surveys are not
considered telemarketing calls. Organizations making these types of calls are
not required to register with the National DNCL, maintain their own do not
call lists or comply with the CRTC's Telemarketing Rules and Automatic Dialing
and Announcing Device Rules.

    For more information, please see:
    Telemarketing at a glance
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/INFO_SHT/t1030.htm
    Key facts for telemarketers
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/INFO_SHT/t1032.htm
    Key facts for exempt telemarketers
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/INFO_SHT/t1033.htm
    Key facts for consumers
    http://www.crtc.gc.ca/eng/INFO_SHT/t1031.htm

    The CRTC

    The CRTC is an independent, public authority that regulates and
supervises broadcasting and telecommunications in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Media Relations: MediaRelations
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/CRTCSubmissionMU/forms/Mediarelations.aspx?lang=e),
(819) 997-9403, Fax: (819) 997-4245; General Inquiries: (819) 997-0313, TDD:
(819) 994-0423, Fax: (819) 994-0218, Toll-free No. 1-877-249-CRTC (2782), TDD
- Toll-free No. 1-877-909-CRTC (2782), On-line services
(http://support.crtc.gc.ca/crtcsubmissionmu/forms/main.aspx?lang=e); These
documents are available in alternative format upon request.


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