CUNA joined several other organizations Thursday to file a petition requesting the Federal Communications Commission take action to clarify the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS) for purposes of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). CUNA is heavily engaged with the FCC and Congress to find a solution to ways the TCPA is impacting credit unions’ ability to contact members.
“The TCPA has had the unintended consequence of stifling credit unions’ ability to contact their members with important account information, all while financial regulators are urging financial institutions to ensure they’re using technology to make sure consumers are informed,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA chief advocacy officer. “A major part of the solution is clarity on what constitutes an autodialer. We hope the FCC will grant our petition and take a much-needed step forward in providing credit unions and other financial institutions with clarity.”
The D.C. Court of Appeals overturned parts of the TCPA, including the FCC’s definition of autodialer, in March.
CUNA requested the FCC “expeditiously” issue a declaratory ruling to clarify the TCPA’s definition of an ATDS, specifically that the FCC: