This post was written by Amy S. Mushahwar.

PLEASE NOTE that the amendments to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) regulations implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) published by the FCC June 11, 2012, and relating, most significantly, to the necessity of obtaining written consent before placing some autodialed calls or sending some prerecorded messages, have now been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and published in the Federal Register. Accordingly, the effective dates of those amendments appear below:

  • Amendment to abandoned call requirements (47 CFR 64.1200(a)(7) will be effective November 15, 2012.
  • New rule requiring that automated opt-out mechanism be included in all prerecorded telemarketing messages (47 CFR 64.1200 (b)(3) will be effective January 14, 2013.
  • The requirements to obtain express written consent before making autodialed or prerecorded telemarketing calls to wireless numbers, and before sending prerecorded telemarketing messages to residential lines (47 CFR 64.1200(a)(2) and (3)), will be effective October 16, 2013.

A copy of the Federal Register Notice is provided here.