President Bush has signed a bill
establishing a national registry of people who do not want to be contacted by
telemarketers, despite court challenges to the so-called "do not call" list.
Speaking at the signing ceremony here in Washington Monday, Mr. Bush described
the calls as "intrusive, annoying and unwelcome."
The Federal Communications Commission announced earlier it would enforce
the "do-not-call" registry, even though courts in Colorado and Oklahoma have
challenged the legality of it.
A federal court in Oklahoma ruled last Tuesday that the Federal Trade Commission
overstepped its authority when it launched the "do-not-call" registry. And
last Thursday, a federal judge in Colorado ruled the list violates a telemarketer's
constitutional right to free speech.
The Federal Communications Commission says it can enforce penalties on phone
solicitors because it is not affected by the recent court rulings. However,
the legal battle over the issue is expected to continue and could eventually
end up in the Supreme Court.
More than 50 million people have signed up so far to be included in the "do
not call" database.