Bill Would Allow Businesses to Fax Clients Without Written Consent
Before adjourning for its summer recess, the U.S. House of Representatives on July 20 passed the “Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2004” (H.R. 4600), which would allow small businesses and trade associations to use faxes to conduct business with their clients and members without having to obtain written permission from the recipient.
Last year, the Federal Communications Commission, as part of its anti-telemarketing campaign, issued a rule requiring all fax transmissions to be authorized by a written and signed consent form from the intended recipient.
The rule, which is scheduled to go into effect in January, would raise business costs for home builders, NAHB, its state and local affiliates and the many others to whom it applies.