CUNA asks for TCPA consideration prior to FCC hearing

October 25, 2017

CUNA asked a House and Energy subcommittee to consider the issues it has raised regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) in advance of the subcommittee’s oversight hearing of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

CUNA filed a petition with the FCC seeking TCPA relief last month. The letter was issued for comment with a Nov. 6 deadline.

“Congress never intended the TCPA to restrict normal and expected business communication," CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle wrote. "Nevertheless, the FCC’s TCPA rules and guidance have evolved into a confusing tangle of restrictions that subject credit unions to potentially crippling liability and are demonstrably reducing informational communications.”

CUNA’s petition outlines two ways the FCC can provide credit unions with regulatory relief, by allowing and exemption from the TCPA’s prior express consent requirement for:

  • Wireless informational calls to credit union member-owners with whom the credit union has an established business relationship; or
  • Calls or texts that are free to the receiving party.

CUNA is urging credit union stakeholders to comment on the petition. Comments can be filed via Voter Voice at CUNA’s Grassroots Action Center , which also features a background of the TCPA, and an overview of the concerns that led CUNA to file its petition.

CUNA also hosted a members-only webinar detailing why it is important for credit unions to comment on the proposal, and launched a website with the latest TCPA updates.