The National Do-Not-Call registry was set up 5 years ago for people to identify their phone numbers as not available for telemarketers. For the most part, the list did a pretty good job in reducing the number of telemarketing calls I receive (normally during dinner). I was surprised to find out that when one registers their number, it is good only for five years, and then, unless renewed, becomes available for solicitation calls. Go to: http://www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/alerts/alt107.shtm (Question 15). If you want to renew your number as being blocked, go to: https://www.donotcall.gov/register/Reg.aspx The government is not advertising this little loophole (five years) and unless one takes steps to renew, expect a lot of dinner interruptions.