FCC Affirms Restrictions for Robocalls to Residential Lines, Revises Consent Rules


The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) prevents certain calls to wireless and residential telephone numbers without prior express consent of the called party or a statutory exemption.  The FCC has denied ACA International and Enterprise Communications Advocacy Coalition’s (petitioners) requests to reconsider the numerical limits on exempted calls and the expanded opt-out requirements imposed on non-telemarketing calls to residential lines.  The FCC has granted petitioners’ request to give exempted callers the option of obtaining either oral or written consent if they want to make more calls than the current numerical limits allow.  The Commission has also confirmed that an earlier Commission ruling on prior express consent for calls made by utility companies to wireless phones applies equally to calls made to residential landlines. 

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