FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A new bill was signed into law Thursday, May 29, that adds text messages to the “Do Not Call” registry.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into legislation Public Act 14-53, An Act Prohibiting Unsolicited Commercial Text Messages and Increasing Penalties for Violations of the Do Not Call Registry.
“The ‘Do Not Call’ registry provides consumers with protection and privacy from unwanted telemarketing calls, and as technology evolves, we must update it to ensure these consumer rights,” Malloy said. “In addition to being an annoyance, some cellphone plans charge a fee for each text message received, whether that message was wanted or not. This new law strengthens these consumer protections by banning unsolicited commercial text messages and increasing the penalty for these types of violations.”
The legislation also raises the maximum fine for each violation from $11,000 to $20,000 and requires all phone companies to print a twice-yearly notice that informs consumers of banned solicitor action, how to add their numbers to the “Do Not Call” registry and how to lodge complaints.
To register a phone number to the “Do Not Call” registry, visit http://www.donotcall.gov or call 888-382-1222.