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TCPAWorld previously reported on the Petition for expedited declaratory ruling, clarification, or waiver filed by the American Bankers Association and several other financial associations. The Petition contends that “calls or texts placed by banks, credit unions, and other customer-facing financial service providers using an automatic telephone dialing system or prerecorded or artificial voice on matters relating to the COVID-19 pandemic are calls made for ‘emergency purposes’ under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), and thus may be made without the prior express consent of the called party.”

The FCC has now set comment dates on the Petition. Initial comments are due by May 6, 2020. Replies must be filed by May 21, 2020.

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Paul Besozzi, Squire Patton Boggs, telecommunications attorney
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Paul Besozzi concentrates in the wireless, broadband and emerging technology areas. His extensive experience of more than 30 years in the telecommunications field includes regulatory, transactional, legislative and litigation matters for clients ranging from wireless service and infrastructure providers to resellers of long-distance service, including cellular, personal communications services, specialized mobile radio, point-to-point microwave, advanced wireless services and other emerging wireless technologies.

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