With just about four months to go on the FCC’s January 1, 2005 deadline of the Junk Fax law, Colorado beat them to the punch and set a statewide ban of its own. Effective August 5, 2004, all business owners must obtain written consent from all recipients prior to sending commercial faxes, according to SAF’s Washington Week in Review. The consent is even needed if there was a business relationship existing between the two parties prior to the ban.
According to thedenverchannel.com, “A measure introduced by Rep. Buffie McFadyen, D-Pueblo West, makes sending an unsolicited fax a deceptive trade practice.”
Even if a company needs to fax you a quote, they need your written permission first, according to SAF’s Washington Week in Review. The Review also states that “In addition, you must clearly mark at the top or bottom of each transmitted page, the date and time the message is sent, an identification of the person sending the fax and the telephone number of the fax machine sending the message.”
Even though Colorado has put forth the strict regulations on the Fax law, the FCC is not going to require as much information. The FCC legislation states that written consent is no longer needed as long as there has been an established business relationship that exists. For more information visit www.safnow.org .