May 27, 2005
Jefferson City, Mo. — Well over half of all Missourians have signed up for protection against annoying, unwanted telemarketing calls with the state's No Call registry having reached the 2 million mark, Attorney General Jay Nixon announced today.
As of May 27, the number of phone lines covered stands at 2,030,251.
"Thanks to the state's No Call law, two million Missouri families can now sit down to dinner without the dread of hearing the phone ring and ring and ring, only to have somebody trying to sell them something on the other end of the line," Nixon said. "The No Call law has empowered Missourians to take control of their homes, and guard their privacy."
Even though the registering of the 2 millionth household represents a milestone, Nixon quipped that he wouldn't "be giving them a call this afternoon."
"These are individuals who have made it clear that they value their privacy," Nixon said.
Since Missouri's No Call law went into effect in July 2001, Nixon's office has collected $1,263,000 from violators, including $50,000 from Dish Network and $15,000 from a California telemarketing firm within the last month. All monies collected from violators are used to maintain the No Call program, which is provided free of charge to Missouri residents.
Residential telephone subscribers can sign up for the Missouri No Call list by either visiting the Missouri Attorney General's Web site, or by calling toll-free 1-866-NOCALL1 (1-866-662-2551). Violators of the No Call law can be reported in the same manner.