The United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) implemented the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 (the "TCPA") to prohibit, among other things, calls made to telephone numbers assigned to paging services, cellular telephone services, specialized mobile radio services or other radio common carrier services, or any service for which the called party is charged for the call using (i) automatic telephone dialing systems, or (ii) artificial or prerecorded voices.
The FCC rule implementing the TCPA contains exceptions for emergency calls and calls made with the prior express consent of the called party (i.e., the current subscriber). (Additional information about TCPA requirements is available under the “Useful Links” tab.)
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 facilitate compliance with Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991. (Entities violating the ruling are subject to financial penalties by the FCC of up to $16,000 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 wire line to wireless and vice versa, enabling users to avoid using auto-dialers or pre-recorded messages to call wireless numbers.
To access this information, prospective users must 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.