On October 16, 2013, FCC amendments to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (“TCPA”) will go into effect. The changes require businesses to obtain express written signed consent of consumers before making autodialed or prerecorded voice messages (“robocalls”). The regulations will also apply to text messages. However, wireless carriers are still free to leave unsolicited messages to their own customers as long as the customer is not charged. Other exemptions include health care organizations, emergency calls, charities, and political groups.

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