June 27, 2003 - Posted at: 3:13 p.m. CDT
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Names on Arkansas' existing ``do not call'' list will be made a part of the national list being put together by the federal government.
The new registration system is designed to help Americans block unwanted sales calls.
A Web site where folks can sign up for the national list went up today. The site is `www.donotcall.gov''
Arkansas has had its own ``do not call'' law for several years. State Attorney General Mike Beebe says the names on the state list will be incorporated into the larger one being put together by the Federal Trade Commission.
People can also get on the list by phone. The national toll-free number is 1-888-382-1222. Callers must call from the phone number
they want on the list. Also, the number is now good only in states west of the Mississippi. For states east of the Mississippi, the toll-free phone line registry starts July 7.
Starting in October, it will be illegal for most telemarketers to call a number listed on the registry.