FCC revises the TCPA consent standard for informational text messages

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently revised the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) to exclude calls and messages that provide consumers with package delivery details that are sent without any cost to the consumer, as well as text-based social networks’ administrative texts from the TCPA’s prohibited telephone calls and text messages. To review the FCC’s ruling on social networks’ administrative texts, click here; to review the FCC’s ruling on permitting text messages sent for package delivery purposes click here.

FCC Commissioner, Michael O’Reilly expressed in his public statement, “[This] will provide much needed clarity in an area where uncertainty can inhibit legitimate businesses from offering consumer-friendly applications and services, and can breed litigation. [This] will also directly benefit consumers by enabling them to receive package delivery notifications they want and expect, and by ensuring that they can take advantage of a service that helps connect groups of friends, families, and colleagues.”