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

A Motorola Droid phone is seen displaying the Google search page in New York
A Motorola Droid phone is seen displaying the Google search page in New York

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.