FCC delays new fax rules until 2005

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Washington, D.C.--The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday said it has delayed the effective date of its new fax rules until Jan. 1, 2005, signaling a victory for b-to-b publishers.

The new rules, which require companies to have written permission from recipients in order to send commercial faxes, were originally slated to go into effect Aug. 25.

Several industry stakeholders had expressed concern over the rules. Both American Business Media and the American Society of Association Executives filed petitions last week asking the FCC to delay implementing the rules and to exempt subscription expiration notices and renewal forms.

The FCC said the delay until 2005 "permits entities sending fax advertisements to comply with the new rules and obtain written consent and signatures from parties to whom they wish to fax," adding that it also allows the agency time to "consider any petitions for reconsideration and other filings that may be made on this issue."

--Carol Krol

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