Taxing fax rule delayed until 2005

Sunday, September 7, 2003

September 8, 2003

WASHINGTON - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has delayed until Jan. 1, 2005 the start of a new rule governing to whom companies, including those in the HME industry, can fax advertising material.
Until Jan. 1, 2005, businesses can continue to fax unsolicited advertising material to individuals and companies with whom they have existing business relationships. After Jan. 1, 2005, faxers will have to receive expressed written permission. Faxers must still receive written permission from companies with whom they have not done business.
The new rule updates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 and was scheduled to go into effect Aug. 25. The FCC delayed the start after receiving numerous calls from companies, complaining they didn’t have time to obtain all the necessary written consent.
The updated fax rule, which is part of the same FCC action that in June created the national do-not-call registry, is an attempt to protect individuals and companies from unwanted telemarketing and solicitation.