CUNA joined several organizations to call on a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee to encourage the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to clarify the definition of an autodialer, among other actions. CUNA sent the letter for the record for the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on digital commerce and consumer protection’s Friday hearing on combating robocalls.
“Illegal and fraudulent robocalls can be a time-consuming and annoying burden on consumers. Congress should rightfully evaluate how it can prevent these invasive and burdensome calls and remove bad actors from the marketplace. However in doing so, it is important to distinguish between fraudulent and illegal robocalls and calls from legitimate businesses seeking to communicate with their members and customers.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a decision in March that vacates portions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), including the definition of an autodialer.
“It is critical the FCC seize this opportunity to clarify the definition of an Automatic Telephone Dialing System so that it is consistent with the statute and take other action to ensure that consumers whose mobile phone numbers have been reassigned continue to receive important communications,” the letter reads.
The organizations also urged the subcommittee to encourage the FCC to continue its efforts to establish a free or low-cost reassigned numbers database and provide a safe harbor for businesses that use the database.
CUNA urged similar clarity in a letter to the Senate Commerce Committee last week for the record of its hearing on robocalls.