A robocall is something large companies have been using more and more to
reach people by phone. It uses a computerized autodialer to deliver prerecorded,
telemarketing or political messages. Businesses use it to cut down costs by using a
machine rather than hiring telemarketers to do the same job.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering ruling in the
companies’ favor by letting them send calls straight to your voicemail
box in unlimited numbers. Businesses in favor of deregulating robocalls
argue if they are allowed to bypass “ringing,” the ringless
voicemails shouldn’t be regulated by the 1997
Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
The TCPA was passed by Congress in 1991 to restrict telemarketing and the
use of automated telephone equipment. Currently, it limits the use of
automatic dialing systems, artificial or prerecorded voice messages, SMS
text messages, and fax machines. It also outlines specific provisions
regarding when the company can make the call and allows for the creation
of a company-specific “do-not-call” list of consumers who
ask not to be called. DNC requests must be honored for 5 years under the act.
Consumer advocates are against the deregulation, saying the move would
be the wrong move. Not only would it be more invasive and time consuming,
but it would be more annoying than a standard call. Allowing ringless
voicemails in any number would be allowing marketing companies to reach
consumers without consent.
Today, Friday, June 16, 2017, is the last day for public comment on the
FCC’s open petition. If you do not want this deregulation to happen,
go to the FCC petition form
here and enter “02-278” in the field for “Proceeding(s).”
Next, type your comments at the bottom of the page. While you don’t
need to refer to “ringless voicemail,” it may help people
reading it quickly pick up on your commentary.
For more information about the potential loophole exploitation of the TCPA,
or to begin your own case regarding illegal acts committed by lenders,
banks, or businesses, let us know.
Sulaiman Law Group, LTD. believes consumers’ rights should be protected and upheld by all
means. Our highly rated Chicago consumer attorneys are ready to use their
skills and legal knowledge to help you with any telemarketing abuse you
may be experiencing. The TCPA was put into place for a reason. Any abuse
of consumers or violation of the act should be penalized according to
the law. If you have received unsolicited phone calls, we may be able
to help you obtain between $500 and $1,500 per violation of the act. You
also don’t need to worry about affording our advocacy. All attorney
fees will be paid from the company that called you, so there is no cost
to you for our assistance. Let us see what we can do for you and your case.
Contact us at (312) 313-1613 or fill out our online form to schedule a case consultation today.