AN ACT TO INCLUDE POLITICAL ROBOCALLS AS A TYPE OF TELEPHONE SOLICITATION THAT CAN BE PROHIBITED AS PART OF THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY AND TO STRENGTHEN THE DO NOT CALL REGISTRY.
Amends GS 75-101(9), the definition for telephone solicitation, providing that it is voice or text communication (previously, stated it was only a voice communication). Makes organizational changes and adds language that provides that "telephone solicitation" also includes political messages if the message is communicated by use of an automatic dialing and recorded message player.
Amends GS 75-101(9) again, providing that creating a lead or referral for which the solicitor will receive compensation is considered telephone solicitation. Also amends the definition for telephone solicitor providing that subagents, contractors, or other third-party vendors are considered telephone solicitors. Also provides that the term includes parties that receive sales leads or inbound calls from a telephone subscriber that knows or has reason to know that the lead or call from the subscriber was generated by a telephone call.
Amends GS 75-102(c)(5), concerning restrictions on telephone solicitation, providing that after the specified notice requirements have been met in this subsection that the telephone solicitor and that affiliate must stop all calls to the telephone subscriber within 30 business days (was, 60 business days).
Amends GS 75-104, clarifying that the prohibition on the use of automatic dialing and recorded message players to make unsolicited calls applies to individuals, whether the calls were made directly or through a salesperson, agent, subagent, contractor, or third-party vendor. Also provides that any party that knows or has reason to know that the sales leads or inbound calls they are receiving were generated by calls placed by another party or parties violating the provisions of this section are jointly liable for each call or lead that was received or accepted.
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