ABM reports FCC to delay implementing fax restrictions

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New York--American Business Media said it learned late Wednesday that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has decided to delay the implementation of regulations restricting commercial fax transmissions.

The ABM said it did not know whether the FCC would change the restrictions or delay a final decision beyond the original Aug. 25 implementation date.

"It appears the FCC is going to stay the date," said ABM President-CEO Gordon Hughes. "We'll know more when the official word comes down. "

A FCC spokesman said Thursday that the commission had taken no action on the matter. "We're still considering it," the spokesman said.

The new rules require companies to have written permission from recipients in order to transmit faxes. Most troubling to the business community is wording stating the "established business relationship" exception contained in the original Telephone Consumer Protection Act no longer applies. This could have a big impact on companies that use faxes for marketing purposes.

Failure to comply will carry an $11,000 fine per violation.

--Carol Krol

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