Chairman Pai Responds to Republican House Representatives on TCPA, Agrees Clarity Needed

Over the past several months, three members of the House of Representatives wrote to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai regarding the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). On September 7, 2018, Chairman Pai responded to the congressmen.

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The three letters addressed to Chairman Pai came from Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO), Rep. David McKinley (R-WV), and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-NY). While worded differently, all three letters contained similar content. The letters criticize prior FCC interpretations of the TCPA for causing more problems than they solved. The prior interpretations created ambiguity that caused confusion for legitimate businesses on how to communicate with consumers and led to an increase of class action litigation that does little to help consumers. All three letters commend the FCC’s efforts on the issue of illegal robocalls.

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