Congressman Calls on FCC Chairman to Provide TCPA Modernization Update

U.S. Rep. David McKinley says it’s imperative for law to protect consumers without limiting communication options for legitimate businesses.

7/12/2018 4:30 PM

Congressman Calls on FCC Chairman to Provide TCPA Modernization Update

The Federal Communications Commission should continue to focus on modernizing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, U.S. Rep. David McKinley, R- W.Va., wrote in a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai July 10.

“While the FCC is at the forefront of many critical communication issues, its past interpretations of the (TCPA) have resulted in confusion regarding what is required,” McKinley wrote. “This has made it more difficult for consumers to receive the communications they want and need, and for legitimate businesses to understand compliance standards.”

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. 

In his letter McKinley stressed that the FCC “must make it more workable for legitimate businesses to stay in communication with consumers in a timely and effective manner, while continuing to fight to eliminate illegal and fraudulent calls and texts to cell phones.”

He also requested an update on the FCC’s work to clarify and modernize the rules under the TCPA.

Read McKinley’s complete letter to Chairman Pai.

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