WALDEN: “As technology evolves, so too should our laws.”
WASHINGTON, DC – The Communications and Technology Subcommittee, chaired by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), has scheduled a hearing for Thursday, September 22, at 11 a.m. in room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Modernizing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.”
The subcommittee will examine the impact the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) has had on consumers and the legitimate businesses that are trying to contact them. Technology has changed dramatically in the years since its enactment in 1991 and so has the technology for making unwanted calls. As a result, the TCPA is both failing to keep consumers from receiving unwanted robocalls and making it more difficult to legitimately contact people for reasons of health, safety, employment, and education.
“As technology evolves, so too should our laws. The TCPA should be ensuring Americans receive the calls they want without being harassed by calls they don’t. Instead, it’s a prime example of an outdated law that lags behind modern communications technology and consumer preferences,” said Chairman Walden. “Next week, we will focus on the impact the law is having on folks and examine ways in which we can modernize this law for 21st century.”
The Majority Memorandum, a witness list, and witness testimony will be available here as they are posted.