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FTC hikes DNC access fees effective October 1

This week the FTC announced that its FY 2017 fees for accessing the national Do-Not-Call database will be mildly increased to $61 per area code, or $16,714 for the entire national file. The fee increase takes effect on October 1, 2016.

FCC issues TCPA Declaratory Ruling in favor of Schools and Utilities

On August 4, 2016, the FCC issued a declaratory ruling in response to petitions from Blackboard, Inc., as well as a joint petition by Edison Electric Institute and the American Gas Association.  Both petitions sought clarifications on the already existing "emergency purposes" exemption in the TCPA.  

FTC Raises Certain Fines to $40,000 a Pop!

The FTC, in order to adjust for inflation over the last several years, has raised the civil penalty for certain law violations from the previously large $16,000 amount, to a staggering $40,000. Effective August 1, 2016.