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FTC: Dish Network Biggest Violator of Calling "Do Not Call" List

By: Associated Press/KKTV
By: Associated Press/KKTV

Satellite TV provider Dish Network is being sued by the federal government for alleged violations to the national Do Not Call Registry.

The Federal Trade Commission says the company, formerly known as EchoStar, has made thousands of phone calls to people on the Do Not Call list. Dish Network is the biggest violator, the FTC said, based on the number of complaints the agency has received.

The FTC says Dish Network refused to settle the case, so the government filed suit. It's the first time the agency hasn't been able to get an accused company to settle Do Not Call allegations.

Since the registry began in 2003, the FTC has brought more than 40 cases against companies for Do Not Call violations. The biggest case to date involved satellite television provider DirecTV Inc., which paid a $5.3 million settlement.

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