NEW YORK  — If you have noticed an increase in the number of robo-calls and calls from telemarketers you have been receiving, you are not alone, said Sen. Charles Schumer.

The New York Democrat unveiled new legislation on Sunday that would increase the fines for companies that violate the National Do Not Call Registry.

Sen. Schumer said the current fines are so low that companies are willing to pay the penalty in exchange for illegally contacting thousands of homes.

“There’s new technology that allows these solicitors to do automated robo-calls. They can just push a button and a million calls go out. And second, the penalties are so low that now they regard it as a cost of doing business,” Schumer told WCBS 880.

Schumer pointed to data from the Federal Trade Commission showing the number of complaints filed over telemarketing calls has risen from 65,000 in October 2010 to 212,000 in April 2012.

Under his new legislation, violating the do not call laws would be upgraded from a misdemeanor to a felony and telemarketers would be fined $20,000 per violation every time a cell phone or home phone number already on the do not call list was dialed.

Source: CBS 2 NY


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