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CUNA Shares TCPA Concerns with Energy and Commerce Committee
Posted October 26, 2017 by ManojBhoi

CUNA wrote to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology to request the Committee to consider issues CUNA has raised with the Telephone Consumer Protection Act as they conduct their markup to amend the Communications Act of 1934.  

The letter asked the Subcommittee to consider the TCPA compliance issues credit unions face as the Subcommittee works on legislation to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to reauthorize appropriations for the FCC, and to provide for certain procedural changes to the rules of the Commission to maximize opportunities for public participation and efficient decision making. 

In addition to the letter, a copy of the petition CUNA recently submitted to the FCC requesting a declaratory ruling to ameliorate credit union concerns with TCPA compliance was also included.  The petition requests that wireless informational calls to credit union member-owners with whom the credit union has an established business relationship, or where the call or text is in fact free, be exempt from the TCPA’s prior express consent requirement for autodialed and artificial or prerecorded voice calls. 

Since submitting the petition to the FCC, CUNA has reached out to the NCUA and CFPB to support the petition, and held a webinar yesterday outlining the petition and how credit unions can participate in the comment period – comments on the petition are due November 6