Free ''Do Not Call'' subscription gets huge response from Floridians

4:07 PM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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Tallahassee, Florida - Floridians are racing to sign up for the state's Do Not Call List now that the program is free.

More than 110,000 people have signed up this week since the Florida Department of Agriculture announced on Monday that the program was moving to a free service.

It used to cost you $10 to sign up and $5 to renew your subscription. The Florida Legislature passed a bill that eliminated fees for the program and the governor signed it.

Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam is glad to see the new outpouring of interest in Florida's Do Not Call program.

"It could be bad news for telemarketers because in addition to having no subscription fee for signing up to be on the Do Not Call list, they also can be fined up to a thousand dollars if they violate it."

To register for the free Do Not Call program, go online to www.800helpfla.com or call 1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352).

The program had about 80,000 members before this week. Now it has nearly 200,000.

If you sign up now, it will take until July 1 before your subscription is active.

Dave Heller

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