CUT: House Bill Could Block Essential Phone Calls

The Credit Union Times reported today that Bipartisan House legislation that would block robocalls also could keep credit unions from being able to contact their members, trade groups said. The House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Communications and Telecommunications last week approved H.R 3375, which now goes to the full committee.

Notably, the legislation is cosponsored by Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and the committee’s ranking Republican Greg Walden of Oregon.

The CUT goes on to say that the legislation would require that phone carriers implement call authentication technology without an additional charge for consumers. The bill also would allow carriers to offer call blocking services to consumers on an “opt-out” basis and would attempt to ensure that important calls are not blocked.

However, credit union trade groups are saying in the piece, that essential calls could be blocked under the legislation.

CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said that a recent Federal Communications Commission plan would include a complaint and notice mechanism for opt-out and opt-in call-blocking systems. The House legislation would require that process only for opt-out calls.

“As a result, credit unions would have no notice of when a consumer has chosen to opt-in to no longer receiving their calls due to their decision to limit their telephone services to ‘white list’ contacts exclusively,” he wrote in a letter to House committee leaders.

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