FCC Shelves Robocall Autodialer Definition as Courts Diverge

March 2, 2020, 11:00 AM

The Federal Communications Commission is facing renewed pressure to issue a new definition of an autodialer under federal robocall law, amid a spate of conflicting circuit court rulings. But the agency appears content to leave the question to the courts.

Telemarketers generally can’t use automatic telephone dialing systems—equipment that can store or produce phone numbers using a random or sequential number generator—to send automated calls and texts to consumers without consent, under federal law. But the FCC hasn’t come up with a definition of autodialer in the two years since the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ...

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