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FCC Implements Strict Rules to Halt Unwanted Telemarketing

The Federal Communications Commission has adopted new rules that impose strict limits on telemarketing practices. Under the rules, consumers can halt unwanted messages by telling companies to stop calling. The rules also allow phone companies to offer call-blocking services to screen out automated telemarketing calls. In 2014, the FCC received more than 215,000 complaints from consumers regarding unwanted telephone solicitations. EPIC has previously urged the Commission to require express consumer consent for telemarketing calls and to protect wireless subscribers from telemarketing. EPIC President Marc Rotenberg helped establish the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

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