“The Ayes Have It” — FCC Passes Declaratory Ruling on Portions of the TCPA

The FCC held a hearing this morning on a proposed Declaratory Ruling and Order that FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler claimed  will “reaffirm the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s (TCPA) protections against unwanted robocalls, encouraging pro-consumer uses of robocall technology, and responding to a number of requests for clarity from businesses and other callers.”

insideARM previously reported on Chairman Wheeler’s May 27, 2015 Fact Sheet regarding his TCPA proposals. Unfortunately, as noted in our earlier article, that “Fact Sheet” was short on facts. The document was light on specifics regarding the proposed Declaratory Ruling. However, it was clear that the proposed ruling was generally not going to be pro-business and specifically, not helpful to the ARM industry.

ARM industry experts were not optimistic regarding the proposed Declaratory Ruling.  As it turns out, based upon the dialogue at the hearing, industry concern and pessimistic outlook was justified.

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