Roundup of FCC Declaratory Rulings and Comment Deadlines

GroupMe allows users to create and join text-based groups to communicate, much like a private chat room.  It its terms of service, GroupMe requires group creators to obtain consent from other users to receive group texts.  In its ruling, the FCC stated “we expect that the intermediary and autodialer user will already have some established relationship, contractual or otherwise, which lays out the responsibilities of each/provides assurance that actual consent has been obtained….”  Therefore, the Commission held that a friend or other associate of a consumer may obtain and convey to GroupMe that a consumer actually provided prior express consent.

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