Telemarketer relief for businesses in Cornwall

Randi Belec

CORNWALL – The Cornwall Chamber of Commerce has found a telemarketer loophole.

While residential homes may place their telephone numbers on the National Do Not Call List (NDNCL), local businesses plagued by telemarketer calls don’t have the same luxury.

“A number of our members have contacted the chamber to express concern about these unsolicited calls,” says Executive Manager Lezlie Strasser. “Because many of them are alone at their place of business, these calls can be disruptive and the customer they may be dealing with is needlessly inconvenienced.”

The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has advised that while businesses cannot register on the NDNCL, they can request to be put on the telemarketer’s individual do not call list.

The request must be completed within 14 days and is in effect for three years. After the 14 days the telemarketer will be in violation of CRTC guidelines, should the marker not comply they can be reported to a NDNCL operator.

After three years the business must request to be placed back on the individual do not call list.

You can find more information on the National Do Not Call List web page.

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