via Moak: Mississippi no-call law expands to cellphones, clarionledger.com, 4/7/2016
You’ll soon be able to add your cellphone number to Mississippi’s “No-Call” list, effective July 1. Gov. Phil Bryant this week signed the bill, which will become effective July 1.
Central District Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown noted in a news release that the measure (SB 2366) hopes to control telemarketing at a time when the number of Mississippians with telephone landlines is decreasing and cellphone use is increasing. Mississippi is among states with the highest “cell-only” households, in which consumers have ditched their traditional landlines for cell phones.
Mississippi’s “No-Call” list became effective in 2003, giving consumers much-needed relief from annoying telemarketing calls. Telemarketers must purchase a list of numbers before they start calling, with steep fines for violations. But the service didn’t cover cell phones. A growing chorus of advocacy groups, lawmakers and citizens have been requesting for years that something be done about cell phone solicitations.
“We are very pleased that Mississippi citizens will now be able to add their cellphone numbers to the No Call Registry,” Brown noted. “Consumers are tired of unsolicited phone calls and are ready for this relief. I plan to add my cellphone number on July 1.”
Many states have Do-Not-Call lists, as does the U.S. government. Keep in mind that adding your name to either or both lists should protect you from the lion’s share of telemarketing calls, but you can still get calls from exempted causes and organizations, such as nonprofit organizations and political calls.
“It’s important that our laws keep up with new technology, especially as more and more Mississippians cut the cord on their landlines,” added Attorney General Jim Hood. “The passage of SB 2366 is a victory for Mississippi consumers who are tired of picking up their cell phones only to learn it’s an out-of-state telemarketer on the other end of the line. This measure should help curb those annoying and unwanted calls.”
Once you’ve added your number to the list, it can take up to two months before it takes effect. To register your home landline number, or your cellphone number, or to file a complaint, you may call 1-800-356-6430 or visit our website www.psc.state.ms.us.