Serial No. 112-103: H.R. 3035, the Mobile Information Call Act of 2011, Hearing Before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, House of Representatives, One Hundred Twelfth Congress, First Session, November 4, 2011   [open pdf - 5MB]

This is the November 4, 2011 hearing on "H.R. 3035, the Mobile Information Call Act of 2011" held before the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology. From the opening statement of Greg Walden: "Today's hearing is an opportunity for our subcommittee to explore an age-old problem with legislation: How do we ensure the laws on the books makes sense, given new technologies and the evolving marketplace? I welcome that opportunity, and I want to thank our vice chairman of the committee, Lee Terry, and I want to thank Mr. Towns for bringing us their bipartisan legislation, the Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011. The bill would update the Telephone Consumer Protection Act [TCPA], which aimed to protect telephone customers from intrusive telephone marketing while balancing those protections against the needs of business and nonprofits to communicate and inform consumers. It did so, among other ways, by restricting the ability of telemarketers to make telephone solicitations and by prohibiting all use of automatic-dialing equipment and prerecorded voice messages for calls to wireless phones. But it has been 20 years since Congress passed TCPA, and the world of telecommunications has changed. […] Given these changes to the marketplace, now seems like a good time to revisit some of the rules the TCPA put in place. The thrust of the TCPA was to help protect consumers from unwanted telemarketing calls. The question now, however, is whether the TCPA is inadvertently preventing consumers from the convenience of getting other information that consumers do want and while they are on the go with their mobile phones. And if so, how can we address that?" Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Greg Walden, Marsha Blackburn, Anna G. Eshoo, Michael F. Doyle, Lee Terry, Joe Barton, Henry A. Waxman, Edolphus Towns, John D. Dingell, Faith Schwartz, Stephen A. Alterman, Delicia Reynolds Hand, Gregory F. Zoeller, Michael Altschul, Ioana Rusu, Jane Thielen, Judy Renschler, Donna Chrestay, R. Bruce Josten, Marianne Riddle, Floyd E. Stoner, Tony Williams, Erin Klarer, David A. Feitz, Kimberley A. Kercheval, Jean Schloemer, Larry Rock, William P. Killmer, Jonathan M. Weisgall, Karla Sanderson, Suzanne Dominick, Sharie Palmer, Thomas R. Kuhn, Tony Bordeaux, Dennis J. DeSantis, Susan Rose, Vicky Degen, Belinda Higginbotham, Steve Bartlett, Dave McCurdy, Melanee Gallina, and Robert A. Bergman.

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