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Members of Congress Send Letter to FCC Chairman in Support of CUNA’s TCPA Petition
Posted December 06,2017 by CUNA Advocacy

Earlier this week, more than a dozen bipartisan Members of Congress sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Pai in support of CUNA’s Telephone Consumer Protection Petition that was filed this fall. 

Rep. Steve Chabot (R-Ohio) circulated the letter, stressing to his colleagues the importance of providing clarity, “otherwise, an increasing number of credit unions will continue to be impeded from sending important financial information to their members because of both the lack of clarity in how to comply and out of fear of excessively costly litigation, due to the uncertainty surrounding the TCPA.” 

CUNA’s petition, filed in September, outlines two ways the FCC can provide credit unions with regulatory relief when contacting members: 

  • Adopt an established business relationship exemption for credit union informational messages to cell phones; and 

  • Utilize its express authority to exempt calls that are without charge to the called party. 

On November 21, CUNA submitted reply comments to the FCC.  The comments the Petition received show the overwhelming need for the requested reforms because as summarized by the Ohio Credit Union League, “present circumstances are jeopardizing consumers’ unabridged and continued access to open and timely communications provided by their cooperative financial institutions.” 

The minimal opposition to the Petition largely consisted of overheated rhetoric, which was addressed in CUNA’s Reply Comments. 

CUNA thanks these Members of Congress for their support on this important issue.  Additionally, CUNA will continue to engage with the FCC in support of the Petition. The next step in the process will be for the FCC to consider the dozens of supporting comments and the Reply Comments.