In a coup for ABM, fax ban regulations delayed again

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Washington, D.C.—In a big win for the business media and b-to-b marketing community, the Federal Communications Commission filed an order granting a request to delay its fax regulations until July 1, 2005. A coalition that included American Business Media had requested the delay. The regulations were originally slated to go into effect Jan. 1, 2005. They require written, signed consent from recipients in order to send an advertising fax and eliminate the "established business relationship" exception. The Fax Ban Coalition told the FCC that Congress is considering an amendment to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act that would provide for an "established business relationship" exception. The FCC agreed it was preferable to give Congress time to consider the amendment. This is the second delay the FCC has granted.

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