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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  • by Beth Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 7, 2009 at 08:32 AM
    You have someone working there named Aria? Everyone's business will be posted all over the internet.
  • by John Location: Colorado Springs on Mar 27, 2009 at 05:24 PM
    I've been receiving several calls lately from people claiming my car's warranty is about to expire, then they put me through to a recording instructing me to press 1 to renew it, or 2 to end the call. My Caller ID shows the calls coming from California, Nevada, DC and other places. They keep calling even though I've asked them to stop. Reporting them to the Do Not Call List folks doesn't seem to deter them. I'd love for the FTC to track these people down and stop them.
  • by Samantha Location: COS on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:55 AM
    I had someone from dish network call trying to sell us the package and we are on the do not call list. my husband told them we werent interested and to please not call back. The guy started cussing my husband out. I swear I will never do business with them
  • by Carrie Location: COS on Mar 25, 2009 at 12:11 PM
    Who did DirecTV pay that fine to?
  • by Bruce Location: Manitou on Mar 25, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    Excellent! Nice to see some teeth in laws re. invasion of privacy...
  • by springo Location: co spgs on Mar 25, 2009 at 09:58 AM
    dishnetwork has the integrity of madoff.
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