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A Victory for PIA's Grassroots Campaign - Congress Passes Fax Bill, FCC Issues Stay

PIA is praising the passage by Congress of the Junk Fax Protection Act of 2005 (S. 714). The bill restores a key exemption regarding commercial...
July 6, 2005

PIA is praising the passage by Congress of the Junk Fax Protection Act of 2005 (S. 714). The bill restores a key exemption regarding commercial faxing, shortly before more restrictive rules were about to go into effect. President Bush is expected to sign the bill.

The bill restores the existing business relationship (EBR) exemption for commercial faxing. In anticipation of the passage of S. 714, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) issued an immediate six-month stay on their pending regulations that would have eliminated the EBR exemption for unsolicited advertising faxes altogether.

What It Means to Agents:  The passage of S. 714 signals a major win for PIA's grassroots campaign, which was launched to prevent agents from having to modify their current fax practices. In addition, Congress has now recognized the importance of applying the EBR exemption to all means of communication with one standard set of rules. PIA will continue to provide members with up-to-date reports as this issue continues to progress.

Congress Passes "Junk Fax Protection Act" (PIANET 6/29/05)