FCC’s O’Rielly calls for swift action on CUNA’s TCPA petition

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said Thursday during public remarks that the FCC has an obligation to resolve many of the worthy Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) petitions that are currently pending. He specifically cited CUNA’s petition, submitted in September 2017, that requests that FCC take action to provide credit unions with regulatory relief from the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

“One petitioner seeks a declaratory ruling to exempt from TCPA liability purely informational and governance-related calls by credit union co-ops to their own members’ wireless phones…interpreting the TCPA to deter such calls would seem very foolish indeed,” O’Rielly said, referring to CUNA’s and other petitions as “common-sense requests” at the ACA International Washington Insights Conference Thursday.

CUNA called for TCPA clarity in the wake of a July 2015 TCPA ruling that made it unclear about what credit union-member communications are permitted under the TCPA. This comes as mobile phone use is increasing and financial regulators are urging institutions to use technology to ensure consumers are up to date about important account information.


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