Locals React to Changes in Wisconsin Do Not Call Registry

Nicholas DeNardis says he doesn't look forward to telemarketers calling him.

"I've never had a telemarketer call me that was a good deal," he said.

Wisconsn's Do Not Call Registry is aimed at helping people like DeNardis avoid unwanted phone calls. To be on the list, users need to register their number every two years. Come August 1st however, that won't be necessary.

"Now you'll sign your number up once and you're done," Division Administrator For Trade And Consumer Protection Sandy Chalmers said.

Once registered, a phone number will remain on the list permanently; a change Barbara Grell gladly welcomes.

"It's done. It's over with," she said. "You don't have to remember to re-register after two years and worry about who's calling you."

According to Chalmers, the new changes don't mean registrant's phones will never ring.

"There may be a misconception that putting your number on the Do Not Call list will stop your telephone from ringing. That's not the way the law works, and as far as I know that technology is not even available," she said.

Which means it's important to closely monitor suspicious calls that may still come through.

"These calls are often a waste of your time," DeNardis said. "Especially if you're an older person like I am. There's been a lot of people taken advantage of, and those are the people that need protecting."

While Wisconsin residents can register their number with the Registry in a simpler fashion, they should be weary of the chance that a pesky phone call could still come through.

To register your number, visit donotcall.gov or call 888-382-1222.

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