TCPA Hearing Focuses on Illegal Robocalls

On Tuesday, the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled, “Legislating to Stop the Onslaught of Annoying Robocalls.” Attached is a letter that several trade associations signed and sent in advance of the hearing. AFSA prepared questions for members of the subcommittee to ask. One of the questions – asking witnesses how calls from legitimate businesses could still get through to consumers – was asked by a several members of Congress. Several members made the critical distinction between legitimate business calls and fraudulent robocalls.

Some members, however, did not – especially as it relates to debt collection calls. Additionally, there are several active bills relating to robocalls, one of which is a bipartisan bill with both the chair and ranking member of the subcommittee entitled the Stop Bad Robocalls Act (HR 946). AFSA is working to set up a meeting with the ranking member to discuss the bill. We’re also working on meetings with other members of the committee to emphasize the importance of making sure consumers can get the calls they need. 

Finally, there will be an FCC oversight hearing with all of the commissioners the week of May 13. AFSA will be submitting questions related to TCPA.