CUNA wrote to a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee Wednesday to request consideration of issues CUNA has raised with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as the subcommittee conducts a markup. CUNA filed a petition seeking TCPA relief last month, and it was issued for comment by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) last week.
“We ask you to consider these issues as the Subcommittee marks-up legislation to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reauthorize appropriations for the FCC, to provide for certain procedural changes to the rules of the Commission to maximize opportunities for public participation and efficient decision making, and for other purposes,” wrote CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle.
CUNA’s petition requests the FCC issue a declaratory ruling that wireless informational calls to credit union member-owners with whom the credit union has an established business relationship, or where the call or text is in fact free, be exempt from the TCPA’s prior express consent requirement for autodialed and artificial or prerecorded voice calls.
CUNA reached out to NCUA and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau for support of the petition, and hosted a webinar Wednesday outlining the petition and how credit union stakeholders can support it.