The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) implemented the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (the "TCPA") to prohibit the initiation of telephone calls using the following:
Emergency calls and calls made with the prior express consent of the called party are excepted.
Due to the advent of wireless number portability in 2003, older methods of identifying the types of services associated with a particular telephone number have become ineffective. In response, Neustar has contracted with NAPM to provide certain data elements to qualified users in order to help these users meet the requirements and conditions of the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. (Entities violating the ruling are subject to financial penalties by the FCC of up to $11,000 per incident.)
Specifically, qualified users can now subscribe and receive the most up-to-date files (the Intermodal Ported Telephone Number Identification Service) consisting of nationwide ported telephone numbers that have been moved from wireline to wireless and vice versa, enabling users to comply with the TCPA.
Potential users can access this Neustar TCPA Compliance website, complete the User Application, agree to the Terms and Conditions of the User Agreement, and certify how they intend to use the information in order to register for the service. Once approved, an account subscription will be assigned, providing the user with daily, unlimited access to the files. An administrative fee will be charged for the service.