Highlights From FCC's Reassigned Number Database Order

By Michael McTigue, Meredith Slawe and Michael Stortz (January 9, 2019, 3:56 PM EST) -- On Dec. 13, 2018, the Federal Communications Commission unanimously approved the establishment of a comprehensive database of mobile numbers that would allow callers to ascertain whether a number was subject to reassignment to another user before calling that number.[1] In a notable and late-breaking development, the commission's final order included a limited safe harbor from liability under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act for callers who rely on the database to determine that a number was not subject to reassignment.[2] Although much remains to be done, and the parameters of the new database and safe harbor remain to be determined, the FCC's...

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