The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should clarify expeditiously the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system (ATDS), CUNA and several other trade organizations wrote to the agency. The letter continues CUNA’s push for clarity under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
CUNA is concerned that an overly broad definition of an autodialer, and other provisions in July 2015 changes to the TCPA, creates uncertainty over credit unions’ ability to contact members with important account information.
“With substantial progress made to combat illegal calls, the Commission should take action to ensure that consumers receive the important, and often time-sensitive, informational calls that legitimate businesses place by reforming the Commission’s TCPA interpretations,” the letter reads. “Addressing unresolved TCPA issues should be one of the Commission’s very top priorities in 2020. The Commission has received extensive input from a diverse array of stakeholders on the definition of ATDS, including the D.C. Circuit. It is imperative that the Commission take action to ensure that the definition of ATDS conforms to the text of the statute and provides certainty for actors in the calling ecosystem.”
The original petition requests the FCC:
The joint letter calls on the FCC to grant the petition for five reasons: