Budget Deal Includes Autodialer Provision for Federal Debt Collectors

The Washington Post reported yesterday that the latest congressional budget deal includes a provision to let companies collecting federal student loans (or other debts guaranteed by the government) call cellphones using auto-dialers.

The proposed amendment is to Section 227(b) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 227(b), Restrictions on the Use of Telephone Equiment):

RESTRICTIONS ON THE USE OF AUTOMATED TELEPHONE EQUIPMENT.– (1) PROHIBITIONS.–It shall be unlawful for any person within the United States– (A) to make any call (other than a call made for emergency purposes or made with the prior express consent of the called party) using any automatic telephone dialing system or an artificial or prerecorded voice–

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