Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act of 1991

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Telecommunications Consumer Protection Act of 1991

Legislation in the United States curtailing the use of unsolicited phone calls to make sales. The Act limits the hours during which a telemarketer may call, and requires that all telemarketers provide the households they call with their names and phone numbers. It further stipulates that telemarketing companies must comply with any request not to call the household back if requested. The TCPA was a precursor to the federal do-not-call list, which the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission created in 2003.
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Consequently, when a mass marketing campaign causes hundreds or thousands of calls, faxes or text messages to be sent in violation of the TCPA, a class action lawsuit can quickly aggregate those claims into a case worth tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars.
The TCPA defines an automated telephone dialing system as "equipment which has the capacity to store or produce telephone numbers to be called, using a random or sequential number generator; and to dial such numbers.
Calls or texts that violate the TCPA are assessed statutory damages of $500 for each violation, or up to $1,500 for each willful violation.
The firms were accused of violating the TCPA by contacting consumers on their cellular telephones via an automatic telephone dialling system and/or by using an artificial or pre-recorded voice message.
Although it became effective in January 2013, another critical requirement of the new TCPA rules is that businesses establish an automated, interactive opt-out mechanism for autodialed and prerecorded telemarketing calls to wireless and residential lines.
The TCPA is a complex federal law, made even more so by the fact that the intent of Congress has been continuously reinterpreted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) through its rulemaking authority over the 22 years since it was passed in 1991.
Although the use of the automatic dialing technology has been under the purview of the FCC on text messaging for awhile, the court case effectively expands the rule to include all aspects of the TCPA about content of messages as well.
Therefore from here on the TCPA wants to forge a new consensus about the need for responsible high quality development, only if we achieve this will our towns and countryside become sustainable.
The TCPA research has identified that at least 4,500 hectares, worth up to pounds 10 billion nationwide, is registered as surplus public land and it can contribute hugely to meeting housing needs.
Aigburth-born Gideon Amos, chief executive of the TCPA, said: "In this report we are putting forward an agenda that will liberate places like Liverpool to work to their full capacity.
This group focuses on all issues pertaining to civil lawsuits under the TCPA.
He said without assistance in gathering specific circumstances in which changes in the operation since July 1, 2004, has affected the administration of our trial courts, the TCPA Commission and the RJA Committee will not be in a position to provide meaningful guidance when these issues arise during the upcoming legislative session.