Since 2010, Broadnet’s TeleForum™ has given a voice to more than 45 million citizens through federal, state and local government Telephone Town Halls.

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Direct Access + Interactivity = Telephone Town Hall

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Hundreds of Members of Congress, as well as state and local government officials, organizations and agencies, are using Telephone Town Halls. They provide a forum for thousands of citizens to attend each meeting, interact directly with their elected officials – and voice their opinions or concerns – without leaving their homes or businesses.

These Important Calls are not Reaching the 62% Wireless Only

Telecommunications laws are being misinterpreted to limit citizens from being called on cell phones by elected officials and government organizations. Consequently, the 62% wireless-only are being left out of these important government Telephone Town Halls.

Access to Elected Officials

Access to Elected Officials

Regulatory and tax issues

Regulatory and tax issues

Post-Emergency Recovery Efforts

Post-Emergency Recovery Efforts

School-To-Parent Communications

School-To-Parent Communications

Public Safety

Public Safety

Healthcare Information

Healthcare Information

Impact

Certain Demographics Are Hurt More Than Others

The citizens who are not getting these important phone calls are those demographics typically underserved or under-represented: the young, low-income and minorities. These are the demographic groups that are more readily adopting a wireless-only household.


Impacting Mostly: Young. Low-Income. Minorities.

Of 25-29 Year Olds

Of 30-34 Year Olds

Of Low-Income Citizens

Of Hispanic Citizens

Do not have access to government telephone communications.

The Impact only gets worse

Landline usage continues its sharp decline

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Impact by state - mobile only users


Solution

Government is not a person

Current telecommunications laws written in 1991 are vague and ambiguous and limit “persons” from calling mobile phones. These laws specifically define a “person” as an individual, partnership, association, joint-stock company, trust or corporation.

Broadnet filed an FCC petition that points out that a “government” is not a person as defined by law. The Supreme Court of the United States reaffirmed Broadnet’s petition in a decision on January 2016.

Campbell-Ewald Co. v. Gomez

On January 10, 2016, before the SCOTUS, Gomez filed a nationwide class action, alleging that Campbell violated the TCPA.

"The United States and its agencies, it is undisputed, are not subject to the TCPA’s prohibitions because no statute lifts their immunity.”

Wireless should not mean voiceless

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