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FCC's Reassigned Number Database Becomes Final Rule

The FCC's long awaited reassigned number database has officially become a final rule. In December of last year, the FCC announced its intention to create this database, which will, "contain the most recent permanent disconnection date for toll free numbers and for each number allocated to or ported to each provider that receives North American Numbering Plan U.S.

FCC In Crisis: Seeks New TCPA Interpretation

FCC releases public notice seeking comments on reinterpreting the TCPA. March’s court ruling in ACA International v. FCC invalidated their interpretations of the TCPA. Now they are questioning the extent of their authority.

Robocall Scammer's Historic $120 Million FCC Fine

The largest robocall fine in history was issued by the Federal Trade Commission (FCC). The $120 million fine against Adrian Abramovich was for making nearly 100 million robocalls over a three month period that spoofed CallerID.

FCC Petition Urges Narrower Meaning Of ATDS

A coalition of trade organizations filed a petition for a declaratory ruling with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The petition urges the FCC to clarify and narrow the scope of the TCPA’s definition of an “automatic telephone dialing system” (ATDS).

FCC Requests Comments On Reassigned Numbers Database

The FCC has issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on reassigned telephone numbers. The commission is seeking industry input on the creation of a reassigned numbers database to help businesses and consumers avoid unwanted calls and text messages.

ROBOCOP Act Creates Roadblock For Debt Collectors

On April 18th six U.S. Senators introduced the ROBOCOP Act which requires phone companies to offer their customers free robocall blocking technology. The bill is intended to protect consumers from overseas scammers. Unfortunately, it could also become a major headache for debt collectors.

Illegal Robocalls Are Focus Of Senate Hearing

The FTC (Federal Trade Commission) updated the U.S. Senate on the progress of their fight against illegal robocalls and the harm inflicted on consumers and legitimate business. The April 18th hearing examined the problem of malicious spoofing and abusive robocalls designed to defraud consumers.

Vroom Wins TCPA Text Messaging Lawsuit

Vroom, Inc., an online car retailer, received a favorable ruling from the Southern District of Florida in March that is good news for business that use automated text messaging. The lawsuit dealt with the issue of consent and the type of consent required as defined by the TCPA.

Strict ATDS Definition Results In TCPA Court Win

In Marshall v. The CBE Group, Inc. the plaintiff filed a TCPA lawsuit alleging that The CBE Group had called her using an ATDS. Citing the recent ACA v. FCC decision and stating that it would apply a strict definition of an ATDS, the court held that CBE's, "communications infrastructure does not constitute an ATDS."
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