NAFCU advocates for TCPA modernization, broader ‘autodialer’ definition

NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government to ensure that efforts to stop illegal robocalls do not hamper a credit union’s ability to freely communicate with members in a letter ahead a hearing today.

The subcommittee is set to review the Fiscal Year 2020 budget requests for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) at 2:30 p.m Eastern. Witnesses include FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FTC Chairman Joseph Simmons.

Ahead of the hearing, Thaler reiterated the association’s concerns related to the definition of an automatic telephone dialing system and the need for clarity under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).

“NAFCU supports a broad definition of ‘autodialer’ that only includes equipment that uses a random or sequential number generator to store or produce numbers and dial those numbers without human intervention,” wrote Thaler.


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