Comment Sought on Petition on Robocalls to Reassigned Wireless Numbers

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The FCC’s Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau (Bureau) is requesting comment on a Petition for Expedited Declaratory Ruling filed by United Healthcare Services, Inc. (United) seeking clarification of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and implementing FCC rules with respect to certain autodialed calls (robocalls) to wireless numbers. United specifically asks for clarification on “informational, non- telemarketing autodialed and prerecorded calls to wireless numbers for which valid prior express consent has been obtained” but which were later reassigned unbeknownst to the calling party.  Claiming that organizations cannot always know whether a telephone number has been reassigned, United asks the FCC for a declaratory ruling that parties are not liable under the TCPA for informational, non-telemarketing calls to numbers that have been reassigned without the caller’s knowledge provided that the caller previously obtained prior express consent to call to that number.  Comments on United’s petition are due by March 10, 2014 and reply comments by March 24, 2014.

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