FTC Staff Comment to the Federal Communications Commission: Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991: Proposed FCC Rule Amendments To Limit Robocalls To Consumers

Matter Number:

P064803

Docket Number:

CG Docket No. 02-278

Summary

FTC staff submitted a comment to the FCC regarding proposed amendments to the FCC regulations that limit robocalls to consumers. The proposed amendments implement a recent change in the law that permits robocalls to collect debt owed to or guaranteed by the federal government without a consumer’s prior express consent. The FTC staff comment urges caution with any expansion of permissible robocalling. In the comment, FTC staff outlines the consumer protection concerns raised by these calls and recommends that the FCC create standards for collecting government debt that are consistent with several related laws enforced by the FTC.