Names, addresses available for purchase

By By Andrew Perzo / American Press

How do these people know to call us about different products and services? Where do they get their information?

They buy customer data from various companies, direct marketing groups and credit reporting agencies.

To stop the calls, join the state and federal no-call lists.

To join Louisiana’s list, call the state Public Service Commission at 877-676-0773. To join the national registry, call the

Federal Communications Commission at 888-382-1222; the TTY number 866-290-4236.

To lodge complaints against companies that violate the no-call rules, call the PSC at the above number and request a complaint

form, or visit www.lpsc.louisiana.gov to download one.

The FCC takes complaints at 888-225-5322 (TTY: 888-835-5322) and online, www.fcc.gov/complaints.

You can also write to the agency:

Federal Communications Commission, Consumer and Governmental Affairs

Bureau, Consumer Inquiries

and Complaints Division, 445 12th St., SW, Washington, DC 20554.

To eliminate unsolicited offers for credit or insurance, visit www.optoutprescreen.com or call 888-567-8688. Hearing-impaired

people can call 800-821-9631 via 711. The service is operated by credit reporting agencies Equifax, Experian, Innovis and

TransUnion.

To remove your name and address from mailing lists used by members of the Direct Marketing Association, visit www.dmachoice.org.

The site also offers a service to lessen the number of unwanted emails you receive.

Additionally, you can request removal of your name and address by writing to the DMA directly: DMAchoice, Direct Marketing

Association, P.O. Box 643, Carmel, NY 10512. Include a $1 processing fee.

Online: www.donotcall.gov.

Letters ‘CW’ reference to network partners

What does the “CW” on TV mean? We hadn’t heard it until a year or so ago. Surely it must stand for something.

The letters in the name refer to CBS Corp. and Warner Bros. Entertainment, the partners in the joint-venture network.

The CW was launched in 2006 after CBS’ UPN and Time-Warner’s WB networks shut down. The CW’s target demographic is women ages

18-34, says the network’s website.

Its programs have aired locally on KVHP-TV’s digital channel 29.2 for the last several years.

Online: www.cwtv.com.

The Informer answers questions from readers each Sunday, Monday and Wednesday. It is researched and written by Andrew Perzo, an American Press staff writer. To ask a question, call 494-4098 and leave voice mail, or email informer@americanpress.com.