CUNA requests revised TCPA ahead of FCC oversight hearing

July 25, 2018


CONTACT: Lauren Williams – CUNA Communications; (202) 626-7642; 

Washington, D.C. (July 25, 2018) – The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology will hold an oversight hearing today for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Credit Union National Association (CUNA) urged the Subcommittee to encourage the FCC to reconsider its implementation of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).” 

The trade group advocating for America's 110 million credit union members continues its petition for the agency to create a more robust reassigned numbers database to combat illegal robocalls from bad actors. Communications between a credit union and its members are focused on providing members with crucial, time-sensitive financial information, such as account balances and fraud alerts. 

"CUNA has consistently pressed upon the Commission the urgent need to modernize its approach to the TCPA. Our efforts included filing a petition in September 2017 outlining how the FCC could provide credit unions with TCPA relief," the letter reads. "Specifically, we proposed several approaches the Commission could adopt to provide credit unions with greater ability to communicate with member-owners about information they want and need." 

The Commission began reexamining its TCPA interpretation after the D.C. Circuit challenged the legality of the 2015 Omnibus TCPA Declaratory Ruling and Order issued by the FCC. In response to a recent request for information (RFI), CUNA requested the Commission consider:  

  • Revising its reassigned number framework by defining the “called party” as the “intended recipient;” 
  • Identifying reasonable methods to revoke consent;  
  • Granting the petition filed by the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform and clarify the definition of an “automatic telephone dialing system;” and  
  • Granting our petition and eliminate antiquated distinctions between cell phone and 

CUNA also recommended a more centralized approach by creating a single, comprehensive database of reassigned numbers.  


About CUNA      
Credit Union National Association (CUNA) is the only national association that advocates on behalf of all of America’s credit unions, which are owned by 110 million consumer members. CUNA, along with its network of affiliated state credit union leagues, delivers unwavering advocacy, continuous professional growth and operational confidence to protect the best interests of all credit unions. For more information about CUNA, visit