HARRISBURG – Rep. Seth Grove (R-Dover) today released information regarding legislation he has authored to prohibit telemarketers from contacting an individual’s cell phone via text message if they have signed up on the “Do Not Call List.”
“Cell phone customers usually pay for a text messaging plan, and to have the available texts eaten up by telemarketing messages is aggravating,” said Grove. “The problem is even worse for consumers who do not have a texting plan and end up with unexpected charges on their bills. The bottom line is people do not want unsolicited contact from telemarketers, and they deserve to have their privacy respected.”
House Bill 2675 would add text messaging to the scope of the “Telemarketer Registration Act,” making it illegal for companies to send unwanted texts to registrants on the state’s Do Not Call List. Any telemarketer caught texting a prohibited individual would face consequences similar to those for calling a person on the Do Not Call List, including civil penalties of up to $1,000 for each violation.
Individuals can register their home and cellular phones by visiting Grove’s website at RepGrove.com and accessing the Do Not Call List icon. Consumers without Internet access can register by calling 1-888-777-3406.
If a person has been improperly contacted by a telemarketer, they can register a complaint with the attorney general’s office by calling 1-800-441-2555, or filing an online complaint at AttorneyGeneral.com.
More information about Grove’s legislative proposals can be found on his website or at Facebook.com/RepSethGrove.