Congressional Support for TCPA Review Modernization Continues

U.S. Rep. Ken Buck says the Federal Communications Commission needs a workable approach to industry regulations that fosters the use of emerging technologies while protecting consumers.

8/20/2018 11:00 AM

Congressional Support for TCPA Review Modernization Continues

Joining several other members of Congress as attention to the Federal Communications Commission’s review of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act grows, U.S. Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., is supporting the FCC’s enforcement actions against illegal robocalls and the need for legitimate businesses to communicate with consumers.

“As you know, previous interpretations of the TCPA have created a great deal of ambiguity for companies and kept consumers and businesses alike facing needless uncertainty,” Buck wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai Aug. 3. “Businesses are left in limbo as to whether they may send legitimate promotional text messages and phone calls to consumers’ cell phones. Unfortunately, many companies that utilize telecommunications for promotional purposes find themselves the subject of class action litigation or agency regulatory action. As such, I applaud your decision to re-evaluate how to best regulate these marketing techniques to ensure legitimate marketing operations may continue while also stopping bad actors from committing further harm.”

The FCC is reviewing the TCPA, in particular the definition of an automated telephone dialing system, following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit’s decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, et al. It also continues to seek industry and public comment on robocalls, call blocking and call labeling.

In his letter, Buck stressed that the “FCC must find a workable approach that allows legitimate businesses to advertise to their consumers while providing individuals who wish not to receive these materials the protections they deserve. This is especially true following the D.C. Circuit Court’s recent decision in ACA International v. FCC.”

Buck’s complete letter to Chairman Pai is available here.

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