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FCC TCPA Rule Making (CG Docket No. 02-278; Feb. 15, 2012)

FCC TCPA Rule Making (CG Docket No. 02-278; Feb. 15, 2012)

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Federal C
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In the Matter 
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n Act
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f 1991
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CG D
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. 02-278
REPORT AND ORDER Ad
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pted: February 15, 2012Released: February 15, 2012
By the C
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n: Chairman Genach
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wski and C
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mmissi
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ners McD
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well and Clyburn issuingseparate statements.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Paragraph #I.INTRODUCTION………………………………………………………………………………1II.BACKGROUND…………………………………………………………………………………..4A.The Teleph
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ne C
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nsumer Pr 
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tecti
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n Act and the FCC’s Implementing Rules……………….......4B.The Telemarketing C
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nsumer Fraud and Abuse Preventi
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n Actand the FTC’s Implementing Rules………………………………………………………………13C.The D
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-N
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t-Call Implementati
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n Act and Agency C
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rdinati
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n………………………………..15D.FCC TCPA N
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tice
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f Pr 
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 p
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sed Rulemaking…………………………………………………….16III.DISCUSSION…………………………………………………………………………………….18A.Aut
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dialed and Prerec
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rded Message Calls……………………………………………………...201.Pri
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r Express Written C
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nsent…………………………………………………………….....202.Established Business Relati
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nship Exempti
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n…………………………………………….....353.Opt-Out Mechanism……………………………………………………………………….…44B.Aband
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ned Calls/Predictive Dialers………………………………………………………….......50C.Exempti
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n f 
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r Health Care-Related Calls Subject t
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HIPAA……………………………………57D.Implementati
o
n…………………………………………………………………………………...66IV.PROCEDURAL MATTERS…………………………………………………………………......72A.Regulat
o
ry Flexibility Act Analysis……………………………………………………………...72B.Paperw
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rk Reducti
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n Act Analysis………………………………………………………………73C.Late-Filed C
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mments……………………………………………………………….....................74D.Materials in Accessible F
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rmats………………………………………………………………….75V.ORDERING CLAUSES………………………………………………………………………….76APPENDI
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A -Final RulesAPPENDI
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B -C
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mments FiledAPPENDI
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C -Final Regulat
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ry Flexibility Analysis
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Federal C
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nFCC 12-21
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I.INTRODUCTION
1.In this Rep
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rt and Order (Order), we take steps t
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pr 
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tect c
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nsumers fr 
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m unwantedtelemarketing calls pursuant t
o
the Teleph
o
ne C
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nsumer Pr 
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tecti
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n Act
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f 1991 (TCPA).
1
The pr 
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tecti
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ns we ad
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 pt will pr 
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tect c
o
nsumers fr 
o
m unwanted aut
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dialed
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r prerec
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rded telemarketingcalls, als
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kn
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wn as “telemarketing r 
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 b
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calls,” and maximize c
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nsistency with the Federal TradeC
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mmissi
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n’s (FTC) anal
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g
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us Telemarketing Sales Rule (TSR), as c
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ntemplated by the D
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-N
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t-CallImplementati
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n Act (DNCIA).
2
 2.Specifically, in this Order, we: (1) revise
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ur rules t
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require pri
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r express writtenc
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nsent f 
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r all aut
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dialed
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r prerec
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rdedtelemarketing calls t
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wireless numbers
3
and residential lines
4
and acc
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rdingly eliminate the established business relati
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nship exempti
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n f 
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r such calls t
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residentiallines while maintaining flexibility in the f 
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rm
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f c
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nsent needed f 
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r purely inf 
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rmati
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nal calls; (2) ad
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 ptrules applicable t
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all prerec
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rded telemarketing calls
5
that all
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w c
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nsumers t
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 pt
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ut
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f future r 
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 b
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callsduring a r 
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 b
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call; and (3) revise
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ur rules t
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limit permissible aband
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ned calls
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n a per-calling campaign basis, in
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rder t
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disc
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urage intrusive calling campaigns. Finally, we exempt fr 
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m TCPA requirements prerec
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rded calls t
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residential lines made by health care-related entities g
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verned by the HealthInsurance P
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rtability and Acc
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untability Act
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f 1996. Taken t
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gether, t
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day’s acti
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ns
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ffer c
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nsumersgreater pr 
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tecti
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n fr 
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m intrusive telemarketing calls and harm
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nize
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ur rules with th
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se
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f the FTC’s in away that reduces industry c
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nfusi
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n ab
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ut telemarketers’
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 bligati
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ns and d
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es n
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t increase c
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mpliance burdens f 
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r m
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st telemarketers.3.N
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ne
o
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ur acti
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ns change requirements f 
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r prerec
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rded messages that are n
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n-telemarketing, inf 
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rmati
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nal calls, such as calls by
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n behalf 
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f tax-exempt n
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n-pr 
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fit
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rganizati
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ns,calls f 
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r p
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litical purp
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ses, and calls f 
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ther n
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nc
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mmercial purp
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ses, including th
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se that deliver  purely inf 
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rmati
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nal messages such as sch
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l cl
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sings. Such calls c
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ntinue t
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require s
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me f 
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rm
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f pri
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express c
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nsent under the TCPA and the C
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mmissi
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n’s rules, if placed t
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wireless numbers and
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ther specified recipients.
6
Because the TCPA’s restricti
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ns d
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n
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t apply t
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calls initiated f 
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r emergency
1
See
47 U.S.C. § 227; 47 C.F.R. § 64.1200.
2
D
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-N
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t-Call Implementati
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n Act,Public Law N
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. 108-10, 117 Stat. 557 (2003),
c
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dified at 
15 U.S.C. § 6101(stating in Secti
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n 3, in relevant part, that the Federal C
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mmunicati
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ns C
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mmissi
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n shall c
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nsult and c
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rdinatewith the Federal Trade C
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mmissi
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n t
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maximize c
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nsistency with the rule pr 
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mulgated by the Federal TradeC
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mmissi
o
n (16 C.F.R. § 310.4(b)).
3
In 1992, the C
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mmissi
o
n c
o
ncluded that cellular carriers need n
o
t
o
 btain additi
o
nal c
o
nsent fr 
o
m their cellular subscribers pri
o
r t
o
initiating aut
o
dialed
o
r prerec
o
rded calls f 
o
r which the cellular subscriber is n
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t charged.
 Rulesand Regulati
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ns Implementing the Teleph
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ne C 
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nsumer Pr 
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tecti
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n Act 
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 f 1991
, CC D
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cket N
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. 92-90, Rep
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rt andOrder, 7 FCC Rcd 8752, 8774, para. 45 (1992) (
1992 TCPA Order 
). We d
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n
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t depart fr 
o
m this c
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nclusi
o
n.
Seeinfra
 para 28.
4
The p
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rti
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n
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f the statute we are addressing in this Rep
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rt and Order restricts certain calls t
o
“any teleph
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nenumber assigned t
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... cellular teleph
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ne service” and t
o
“any residential teleph
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ne line.”47 U.S.C. §§227(b)(1)(A)(iii), (B). F
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r ease
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f reference in this Rep
o
rt and Order and t
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av
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id c
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nfusi
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n as t
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which rules applyt
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calls directed t
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a cellular teleph
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ne number (wireless)
o
r t
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a residential teleph
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ne line (wireline), we will refer t
o
such calls as being placed t
o
a “wireless number” and t
o
a “residential line,” respectively. We als
o
n
o
te that theexisting “established business relati
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nship” (EBR) exempti
o
n in this c
o
ntext applies
o
nly t
o
 prerec
o
rded
o
r artificialv
o
ice telemarketing callst
o
any residential line. 47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(2)(B); 47 C.F.R. § 64.1200(a)(2)(iv).
5
Thr 
o
ugh
o
ut this Rep
o
rt and Order, we use the term “prerec
o
rded” message
o
r call t
o
refer t
o
“artificial
o
 prerec
o
rded v
o
ice” messages
o
r calls.
6
See
47 U.S.C. § 227(b)(1)(A);
 see als
o
47 C.F.R. § 64.1200(a)(1). Examples
o
o
ther specified recipients include, but are n
o
t limited t
o
, 911 emergency centers, h
o
spital emergency lines, law enf 
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rcement agencies, and patient
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ms in health care facilities.
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