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Are there exemptions for B2B calls?

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Yes. These exemptions cause much confusion in the industry, leading to devastating fines and settlements. In the face of these exemptions, the vagueness of whether Business-to-Business (B2B) calls are covered under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TPCA) often leads reasonable people to think they are not.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) exempts all solicitation calls between a marketer and a business except marketing of nondurable office or cleaning supplies. This means most B2B are exempt from national Do Not Call (DNC) laws, but not every state exempts B2B calls under state law. Some jurisdictions require B2B marketers to register and place a bond before making calls.

B2B marketing calls are normally exempt from Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR) DNC rules. They are also likely to be exempt from the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) DNC rules. However, some federal rules still apply and, as above, some state rules may still apply including laws specific to B2B.