With a $7.5 million dollar fine from the FCC for violating Do Not Call Registry regulations. To date, this is the largest penalty that the FCC has imposed for violating the Do Not Call rules. This isn’t even the first time for Sprint. Three years ago, they were fined almost half a million for the same infraction.
According to the FCC rules, when you ask a company to stop calling or texting you (or to place you on their own Do Not Call list), they must oblige. Apparently Sprint didn’t get the message. Complementary to the fine, Sprint will also be required to submit compliance documentation to the FCC for the next two years.
Here’s how the National Do Not Call Registry works:
- Go to https://www.donotcall.gov/ and register your telephone number for the list.
- Once submitted, telemarketers have 31 days to stop calling the number(s) you registered.
- You can register both home and cellular numbers on the Do Not Call Registry.
- Some types of organizations are exempt from the rules. They include: political organizations, charities and telephone surveyors. Additionally, if you’ve done business with a company, they are exempt. However, if you receive such a call, you can request to be added to their do not call list. Should they violate your request, fines can be imposed.