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FCC Supporting the Do Not Disturb Act?
Wednesday, February 21, 2024

If you think the proposed Do Not Disturb Act currently in Congress won’t be passed, then you aren’t paying attention.

The Do Not Disturb Act was introduced by Congressman Frank Pallone on January 29 to “curb onslaught of annoying and abusive robocalls”. The Act has been covered by TCPAWorld since Day 1. The bill, if passed, will result in some pretty dramatic changes in the TCPA, including definitional changes.

Not to rehash the other articles about the Do Not Disturb Act on the site, but it is clear to me this proposed legislation is not just going to disappear.

Not only has the bill now received co-sponsors as reported by TCPAWorld earlier, but it appears there is some interest in the bill from the Federal Communications Commission, the same body charged with implementation of the TCPA.

In the FCC’s Report and Order regarding the revocation of consent rules, Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel issued a statement with the Order. After reiterating the FCC’s vigilance in “looking for new ways to quash junk robocalls and robotexts”, Chairwoman Rosenworcel stated:

“The law we have to address this situation is not new, so kudos to Congressman Pallone for introducing the Do Not Disturb Act to update it…..when we see problems we will act often and act fast because we need to get this junk off the line.”

This sort of comment from the Chairwoman of the FCC shows there is political pressure and interest to get these changes passed.

Do not be surprised to see this bill continue to move along the path to becoming law.

This article was authored by John Henson.

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