Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991

Summary:

In this document, the Commission delays until January 9, 2006, the effective date of the rule requiring the sender of a facsimile advertisement to obtain the recipient's express permission in writing.

Addresses:

Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.

For further information contact:

Erica H. McMahon at 202-418-2512, Consumer Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission.

Supplementary information:

This is a summary of the Commission's Order in CG Docket No. 02-278, FCC 05-132, adopted on June 27, 2005 and released on June 27, 2005. The full text of this document is available at the Commission's Web site http://www.fcc.gov on the Electronic Comment Filing System and for public inspection and copying during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Room CY-A257, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. The complete text of the decision may be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (BCPA), Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554. Customers may contact BCPI, Inc. at its Web site:http://www.bcpiweb.com or call 1-800-378-3160. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an email to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY). The Order can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb.

Synopsis

On July 3, 2003, the Commission revised the unsolicited facsimile advertising requirements under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). On August 18, 2003, the Commission issued an Order on Reconsideration(68 FR 50978, August 25, 2003) that delayed until January 1, 2005, the effective date of these amended requirements. On September 15, 2004, the Commission adopted an Order(69 FR 62816, October 28, 2004) further extending the stay of the effective date of the requirements through June 30, 2005. On April 15, 2005, the Fax Ban Coalition (Coalition) filed a petition urging the Commission to further delay the effective date of the revised rules governing unsolicited facsimile advertisements through December 31, 2005. The Coalition maintains that a further delay is warranted to avoid irreparable injury to the members of the Coalition and negative impact on the economy. The Coalition also argues that delay is important while Congress considers legislation to amend the TCPA and the Commission considers petitions for reconsideration and requests for clarification.

We now further delay, until January 9, 2006, the effective date of the determination that an established business relationship will no longer be sufficient to show that an individual or business has given express permission to receive unsolicited facsimile advertisements, as well as the amended unsolicited facsimile provisions at 47 CFR 64.1200(a)(3)(i). Section 64.1200(a)(3)(i), as amended, requires the sender of a facsimile advertisement to first obtain from the recipient a signed, written statement that includes the facsimile number to which anyadvertisements may be sent and clearly indicates the recipient's consent to receive such facsimile advertisements from the sender. In light of the on-going developments in Congress and pending resolution of the petitions for reconsideration and clarification of the Commission's facsimile advertising rules, we believe the public interest would best be served by delaying the effective date of the written consent requirement. This delay will provide the Commission requisite time to address the petitions for reconsideration filed on these issues. For these same reasons, until January 9, 2006, the 18-month limitation on the duration of the established business relationship based on purchases and transactions and the three-month limitation on applications and inquiries will not apply to the transmission of facsimile advertisements.

Ordering Clauses

Pursuant to Sections 1-4, 227, and 303(r) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151-154, 227, and 303(r), the Order in CG Docket No. 02-278is adopted and that the Report and Order, FCC 03-153, is modified as set forth herein.

The Fax Ban Coalition's Petition for Further Extension of Stay is granted to the extent discussed herein.

The effective date for: (1) The Commission's determination that an established business relationship will no longer be sufficient to show that an individual or business has given their express permission to receive unsolicited facsimile advertisements; (2) the 18-month and three month limitations on the duration of the established business relationship as applied to the sending of facsimile advertisements as described above; and (3) the requirement that the sender of a facsimile advertisement first obtain the recipient's express permission in writing, as codified at 47 CFR 64.1200(a)(3)(i), IS January 9, 2006, and that the Order is effective upon publication in the Federal Register.

The Commission will not send a copy of the Order pursuant to Congressional Review Act, see5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A) because the adopted rules are rules of particular applicability.

List of subjects in 47 cfr part 64

Telephone.

Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

References

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