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Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991

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AGENCY:

Federal Communications Commission.

ACTION:

Final rule; delay of effective date.

SUMMARY:

In this document, the Commission extends through June 30, 2005, the effective date of the Commission's determination that an established business relationship will no longer be sufficient to show that an individual or business has given express permission to receive unsolicited facsimile advertisements and the rule requiring that the sender of a facsimile advertisement first obtain the recipient's express permission in writing.

DATES:

The effective date of the rule amending 47 CFR part 64, § 64.1200(a)(3)(i) published at 68 FR 44144, July 25, 2003, is delayed until July 1, 2005.

ADDRESSES:

Federal Communications Commission, 445 12th Street SW., Washington, DC 20554.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Erica H. McMahon at 202-418-2512, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This is a summary of the Commission's Order in CG Docket No. 02-278, FCC 04-223, adopted on September 15, 2004 and released on October 1, 2004. The full text of this document is available at the Commission's Web site http://www.fcc.gov on the Electronic Comment Filing System and for public inspection and copying during regular business hours in the FCC Reference Information Center, Room CY-A257, 445 12th Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. The complete text of the decision may be purchased from the Commission's duplicating contractor, Best Copy and Printing, Inc. (BCPA), Portals II, 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY-B402, Washington, DC 20554. Customers may contact BCPI, Inc., at its Web site: http://www.bcpiweb.com or call 1-800-378-3160. To request materials in accessible formats for people with disabilities (braille, large print, electronic files, audio format), send an e-mail to fcc504@fcc.gov or call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at (202) 418-0530 (voice) or (202) 418-0432 (TTY). The Order can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at http://www.fcc.gov/​cgb.

Synopsis

On July 3, 2003, the Commission revised the unsolicited facsimile advertising requirements under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (TCPA). On August 18, 2003, the Commission issued an Order on Reconsideration (68 FR 50978, August 25, 2003) that established an effective date of January 1, 2005. We now extend, through June 30, 2005, the effective date of the determination that an established business relationship will no longer be sufficient to show that an individual or business has given express permission to receive unsolicited facsimile advertisements, as well as the amended unsolicited facsimile provisions at 47 CFR 64.1200(a)(3)(i). Section 64.1200(a)(3)(i), as amended, requires the sender of a facsimile advertisement to first obtain from the recipient a signed, written statement that includes the facsimile number to which any advertisements may be sent and clearly indicates the recipient's consent to receive such facsimile advertisements from the sender. In light of recent action by the United States House of Representatives to amend the TCPA and similar proposed legislation in the United States Senate, we believe the public interest would best be served by delaying the effective date of the written consent requirement for six months to allow Congress to act. Should Congress not act in this regard, a further extension will provide the Commission requisite time to address the petitions for reconsideration filed on these issues. For these same reasons, through June 30, 2005, the 18-month limitation on the duration of the established business relationship based on purchases and transactions and the three-month limitation on applications and inquiries will not apply to the transmission of facsimile advertisements.

We emphasize that our existing TCPA rules prohibiting the transmission of unsolicited advertisements to a telephone facsimile machine will remain in effect during the pendency of this extension. Under these rules, those transmitting facsimile advertisements must have an established business relationship or prior express permission from the facsimile recipient to comply with our rules.

Ordering Clauses

Pursuant to sections 1-4, 227, and 303(r) of the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 151-154, Start Printed Page 62817227, and 303(r), the Order in CG Docket No. 02-278 is adopted and that the Report and Order, FCC 03-153, is modified as set forth herein.

The Fax Ban Coalition's Petition for Extension of Delay is granted to the extent discussed herein.

The effective date for the Commission's determination that an established business relationship will no longer be sufficient to show that an individual or business has given their express permission to receive unsolicited facsimile advertisements and the requirement that the sender of a facsimile advertisement first obtain the recipient's express permission in writing, as codified at 47 CFR 64.1200(a)(3)(i), is July 1, 2005, and that the Order is effective October 28, 2004.

The Commission will not send a copy of the Order pursuant to Congressional Review Act, see 5 U.S.C. 801(a)(1)(A) because the adopted rules are rules of particular applicability.

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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 64

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Federal Communications Commission.

Marlene H. Dortch,

Secretary.

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[FR Doc. 04-24125 Filed 10-27-04; 8:45 am]

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