Appeals court nixes some FCC rules on robocalls

Explore further FCC adopts new rules against ‘robocalls’ This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said that 2015 regulations from the Federal Communications Commission could wrongly classify every smartphone as an autodialing device subject to anti-robocall fines.Those 2015 rules attempted to graft modern definitions onto a 1991 law that predated the iPhone by more than 15 years.The same court also struck down potential fines for telemarketers who repeatedly call phone numbers reassigned to people who have opted out of such calls.The ruling was hailed as a win by law firms representing companies that use telemarketers and by FCC chair Ajit Pai. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel said in a tweet the ruling was “not good.” A federal appeals court rolled back rules intended to deter irritating telemarketing robocalls, saying they were too broad. Citation: Appeals court nixes some FCC rules on robocalls (2018, March 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-appeals-court-nixes-fcc-robocalls.html © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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