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DirecTV agrees to a fine for violating "do not call" rule
I didn't realize DirecTV was this sleazy until reading some of the details of this article. Count me as a never-will-subscribe when it comes to DirecTV.
DirecTV to pay $5.4M penalty
FTC says violation of 'Do Not Call' rule is largest civil assessment ever obtained.
December 13, 2005
NEW YORK (CNN/Money.com) - Officials announced a $5.36 million settlement Tuesday with satellite TV provider DirecTV over alleged violations of the Do Not Call rule, the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the Federal Trade Commission in a consumer protection enforcement case.
The FTC's action "demonstrates that the registry is a program consumers can continue to believe in," said FTC Chairman Deborah Platt Majoras at a press conference held Tuesday morning. "Sellers are on the hook for calls placed on their behalf and for their benefit," she added. "It is not named the Do Not Call Registry for nothing."
DirecTV (down $0.02 to $13.75, Research), five firms telemarketing on the company's behalf, as well as six principals of the telemarketing firms were involved in the case, which Majoras said accounted for the single biggest category of do-not-call violations the commission has ever received.
Majoras said the DirecTV case accounted for the single biggest category of do not call violations the commission has ever received.
In one case, DirecTV provided a list of consumers to a telemarketing company, according to Majoras. But in many cases, she said the digital television provider paid a commission to the telemarketing companies for each subscription sold.
The investigation into the case took about two years, according to Majoras. Large numbers of complaints began rolling into the FTC in November 2003
Prior to the DirecTV settlement, the biggest penalty levied over unsolicited calls was a $500,000 penalty against a company called Flagship.
The National DNC Registry, in effect since October 2003, now contains more than 110 million phone numbers, and is designed to prevent consumers who have registered their number from getting unwanted calls from telemarketers.
A survey conducted by the FTC backs up anecdotal reports that consumers are getting fewer telemarketing calls, with 25 percent of participants surveyed saying that they get no telemarketing calls at all now.