AFSA Meets with FCC to discuss status of TCPA

AFSA staff and other trade associations met with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week and last week to discuss the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

The group of trades met with staff from the FCC’s Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau who are writing the TCPA rules. As well as meeting with staff from offices of several FCC Commissioners  and have scheduled meeting with staff from the Chairman Ajit Pai’s  office tomorrow, Feb. 22. There are five FCC Commissioners, including the chairman.

AFSA learned that TCPA will most likely not be on the agenda for the Commissioners’ March meeting. A draft of the rule has not been circulated to the commissioners. AFSA emphasized the need for a definition of “autodialer” that is limited to dedicated equipment that calls random or sequential numbers. AFSA also discussed revocation and the reassigned numbers database.

Additionally, the FCC released a proposed rule on the Truth-in-Caller ID Act for comment. In the proposed rule, the FCC is seeking comment on modifications to the current Truth-in-Caller ID rules that largely track the language of the recent statutory amendments.

The FCC  Commissioners’ also invite comment on what other changes to the Truth-in- Caller ID rules they can make to better prevent inaccurate or misleading caller ID information from harming consumers.