FCC Issues New Rules For Robocalls

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New rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission put limits on telemarketing companies that call or text message you.

According to CNN, the rules will expand upon limits put in place in 2008 by the FCC regarding automatically dialed or pre-recorded calls known as “robocalls” and automated text messages.

The new rules stipulate that telemarketers would have to get permission in writing before placing an automated call to a consumer. Before the change, companies with an established business relationship with a particular consumer can call them without permission.

Information calls, regarding things like school closing information and flight cancellations, are an exception. They can be made to land-line phones without written permission, but cellphones and text messages have stricter rules.

The companies will also be required to let you opt out of any future calls during their robocall.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.