Hey guys, you know all those illegal robocalls the Russian Usurper and the Fat Termite made at dinnertime in Montana for Greg ‘The Gripper’ Gianforte? The Republicans want to make robocalls to your cellphones legal. Free speech, dontcha know?
A marketing company called All About the Message recently petitioned the Federal Communications Commission for a ruling that would prevent anti-robocall rules from being applied to “the delivery of a voice message directly to a voicemail box” without ringing the recipient’s phone. These ringless voicemails are already happening, but their legal status is unclear.
That petition was filed in March, and last week the Republican National Committee (RNC) asked the Federal Communications Commission to approve the petition. The petition asks the FCC “to declare that the delivery of a voice message directly to a voicemail box does not constitute a call that is subject to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (‘TCPA’) and its implementing rules,” the RNC wrote. “The RNC supports this clarification, which is consistent with the language of the TCPA.”
An FCC finding against the petition “would not only restrict an important form of non-intrusive communication; it would have serious consequences for the First Amendment rights of those engaged in political communication via telephone,” the RNC also wrote. The Republican group told the FCC that it uses “all manner of communications” to discuss political and governmental issues and solicit donations, “including direct-to-voicemail messages.”
Where there’s an Amero to be made and a claim of Constitutional Conservatism, you will find a Republican salivating.
Anyway, the FCC is taking public commentary if you feel like complaining. (That’s a hint. Fair Warning: the link is to a PDF.)