The FCC is weighing whether it should overturn its 2003 ruling that debt collectors are not allowed to auto-dial mobile phones. Debt collectors are currently lobbying the FCC to change the ruling through their trade association, ACA International. The group contends that they were unfairly lumped in with telemarketers in the 2003 ban since they collect their numbers through legitimate means. The National Consumer Law Center, however, countered that it's unfair to make mobile users pay for peak usage minutes in order to receive calls from debt collectors. The FCC is currently seeking public comments on the rule.
For more on the FCC and debt collectors:
- see this blog entry in Engadget