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All those annoying telemarketing robocalls and unwanted texts may soon become a thing of the past. Hopefully.
The FCC is considering new rules that will allow users to say no to spam texts and robocalls.
Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991
The Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) regulates telemarketing. The act requires telemarketers to identify themselves on all calls, prohibits calls before 8:00 a.m. and after 9:00 p.m., and restricts calls to people who are on the National Do Not Call Registry.
Despite these regulations, there are still loopholes in the law that allow marketers, bill collectors, and certain businesses to bombard consumers with unwanted phone calls and text messages.
The proposed new regulations seek to close those loopholes.
While most of the new regulations are targeted to mobile phone customers, some traditional telephone services will also be protected. Under the new regulations:
These rules are only proposals as of now, and will be voted on at a meeting on June 18.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.