State’s No Call Law now includes unwanted text messages

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MADISON — Wisconsin’s No Call Law now also protects consumers from unwanted text messages.

To sign up for No Call protections, Wisconsin consumers can register for the No Call List by visiting nocall.wisconsin.gov or calling 866-9NO-CALL (866-966-2255). Consumers who are already registered for the list are automatically registered for the text protections.

No Call registrations last for two years, but consumers can renew and extend registrations at any time. Updated lists of numbers on the No Call List are sent to telemarketers quarterly.

Messages and calls from nonprofits, market research groups and political organizations or messages made in response to a request for solicitation are not covered by the No Call law.

Consumers received an estimated 4.5 billion spam texts in 2011 – more than double the number received in 2009, according to a market research firm.