Congressman Michael Burgess Joins TCPA Reform Efforts
In a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, House Energy and Commerce Committee member seeks to protect legitimate business communications while identifying workable solutions to illegal robocalls.
10/9/2018 2:00 PM
Joining more than a dozen others, another congressman has asked the Federal Communications Commission to reform the outdated Telephone Consumer Protection Act following this year’s landmark decision in ACA International v. Federal Communications Commission, et al. – known throughout Washington as the “ACA Case.”
On Oct. 4, U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Texas, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai citing the court’s decision along with his support for the FCC’s enforcement against illegal robocalls while noting the 1991 TCPA needs to be updated.
“The FCC’s past interpretations of the TCPA have resulted in uncertainty about how those calling in good faith can comply with FCC regulations, making it more difficult for consumers to receive the communications they want and need and for legitimate business to understand compliance standards,” Burgess writes. “The legal uncertainty surrounding how consumers receive calls and texts leads to increasing class action litigation that does little to help consumers. The FCC must make it more workable for legitimate businesses to stay in communication with consumers in a timely and effective manner, while continuing its fight to eliminate illegal and fraudulent calls and texts.”
He adds that the “TCPA is not intended to be a barrier to normal communications between businesses and their customers” and “calls made using actual, not theoretical, ATDS capabilities are subject to the TCPA’s restrictions.”
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