U.S. regulators on Thursday issued their first citation for violations of the National Do Not Call Registry, warning a California company that it would face fines if it continued to call numbers on the list.
The Federal Communications Commission told CPM Funding Inc. it would face fines of up to $11,000 per violation if the company continued to contact consumers who have placed their telephone numbers on a government-run list of those who do not want to receive telemarketing calls.
CPM Funding does not dispute calling numbers on the list, the FCC said. The company, also known as California Pacific Mortgage, could not be immediately reached for comment.
"This demonstrates our resolve to ensure that consumers are not bothered by unwanted, intrusive calls to their homes," said David Solomon, head of of the FCC's enforcement bureau.
Americans have put more than 50 million home and mobile phone numbers on the no-call list, which went into effect Oct. 1. A federal appeals court has ruled that the government can enforce the list while it considers a free-speech challenge brought by two telemarketing trade groups.
Enforcement of the no-call list is the FCC's top consumer priority, Solomon said.