EchoStar was sued by the state of Missouri on Wednesday
for allegedly violating the state’s telemarketing “no-call” list.
Missouri Attorney General Jay Nixon accused EchoStar of illegally pitching
its DBS service to more than 150 Missourians who had registered their home
telephone numbers with the state’s no-call list, according to AP.
EchoStar spokesman Steve Caulk said that the company was surprised by the
“EchoStar subscribes to the no-call list and complies with it and we believe
the action is without merit and we will defend against it,” Caulk said.
Missouri enacted its no-call list on July 1, four days after the federal
do-not-call registry, which has grown to more than 30 million numbers, was
put in place by the Federal Trade Commission.
EchoStar is the first satellite or cable company that has drawn charges for
allegedly violating no-call laws.