On June 15, John Graham, president and CEO of the American Society
of Association Executives, testified before Congress in support of
legislation to kill what ASAE sees as unfair Federal Communications
Commission rules regarding fax communications. The ASAE-advocated
bill, the "Junk Fax Prevention Act of 2004," would exempt
associations and businesses from collecting prior written consent
before faxing members and potential customers. Without passage of
the new law, introduced by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., the FCC's more
restrictive rules regarding faxing will take effect Jan. 1, 2005.
"Associations and businesses are already planning for the onerous,
burdensome and expensive task that will be necessary if the new
rules take effect as scheduled," Graham said. "The earlier
corrective legislation is passed, the less time and money will be
expended in planning for a worst-case scenario."