CUNA highlighted several credit unions and leagues emphasizing the critical importance of a narrow definition of an automated telephone dialing system (ATDS) in its reply comments to a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) petition Thursday. CUNA filed its original comments last week in response to the petition, which was issued by the FCC in light of a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court.
CUNA is concerned that an overly broad definition of an autodialer, and other provisions in July 2015 changes to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), creates uncertainty over credit unions’ ability to contact members with important account information.
The Ninth Circuit Court decided in Marks vs. Crunch San Diego, LLC that an ATDS need only have the capacity to dial stored numbers as a list to qualify as an autodialer, and autodialer activity is limited under the TCPA.
CUNA’s original comments note that the overly broad definition is “untethered from the TCPA’s text and purpose” and could even potentially sweep in all smartphones, “potentially subjecting nearly all American consumers to TCPA liability for their routine calls and texts.”
CUNA’s filing this week highlights comments submitted in response to the petition from: