Summary: H.R.2131 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (04/26/1989)

Automated Telephone Solicitation Protection Act of 1989 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 with respect to automatic telephone dialing devices (telephone terminal equipment with the capacity to store or produce numbers, dial them, and deliver a prerecorded message without manual assistance). Makes it unlawful for any person in interstate or foreign communications to use such device for a telephone solicitation to a telephone customer unless: (1) the recorded message states the name and telephone number of the person initiating the call; (2) the dialer automatically terminates its connection within five seconds after the person called fails to give consent to the recorded message or hangs up his or her telephone; (3) the device does not make calls to any emergency phone numbers; or (4) the device is used only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. States exceptions to such prohibition. States that a $5,000 limitation on certain forfeiture penalties under such Act does not apply to violations of such prohibition.

Requires the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission to jointly study and report to the Congress on the practicality and constitutionality of a complete ban on the use of automatic dialing devices to deliver telephone solicitations.