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2023: Year in Review

2023: Year in Review

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2023: Year in ReviewAs we transition into the new year, Voxtelesys is proud to share some of this past year’s accomplishments that helped define our path toward continued innovation. We look to carry the same level of growth, innovation, and advancement into 2024. Let’s dive into some of this past year’s exciting developments that have shaped Voxtelesys’ commitment to providing cutting-edge solutions. Learn More
3CX Version 20

3CX Version 20

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3CX Version 20Take advantage of our offer: No setup fees will be charged for upgrading to 3CX V20 with Hosting by Voxtelesys until March 2024! - 2 Core, 2 GB All 3CX's hosted by Voxtelesys come standard with a minimum of 2vCore and 4GB's of memory, so no worries here. - Sufficient Disk Space needed. Ensure a minimum of 5 GB of free disk space - The source list must remain unaltered for a successful upgrade; any modifications will result in failure Remove any additional source lists. If you are utilizing Microsoft Azure, verify by checking "cat /etc/apt/sources.list.d/microsoft-prod.list." Learn More
SMS Registration

SMS Registration

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SMB
3CX
SMS RegistrationSince the beginning of February 2021, the major wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile) have been working with The Campaign Registry (TCR) to implement a process to register everyone using VoIP and US local phone numbers to send SMS or MMS messages. All US local (NANP) VoIP SMS numbers must be registered with the TCR, this includes low-volume customers/numbers. A couple of reasons for the TCR and campaign registration: (1) it protects the end-user from spam (2) and it keeps further FCC requirements and regulations from being implemented. Learn More
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Take Contact Center TCPA Compliance Seriously
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TCPA

When it comes to contact center TCPA compliance, ignorance is costly. The phrase “turning a blind eye” dates back over 200 years and stems from an incident involving a British naval admiral named Horatio Nelson. Admiral Nelson, who was blind in one eye, was a feisty fighter with an independent streak.  During the Battle of Copenhagen in 1801, the commander of British forces signaled through a system of flags he wanted to discontinue the attack.  When Admiral Nelson learned of the order, he purposely placed his telescope upon his blind eye so he could honestly say, “I really do not see the signal.”  His ship continued the battle which led to an armistice, and Nelson was eventually made commander-in-chief of the British fleet for his actions.

It is a classic story of risk vs. reward.  However, based on recent civil court rulings, companies that turn a blind eye toward contact center TCPA compliance are being punished severely. Even if they don’t have direct knowledge that TCPA violations are being committed, the company is held responsible.  If you have Admiral Nelsons on your team playing fast and loose with TCPA statutes, don’t expect leniency from judge or jury.

The Painful Lessons Learned by Dish TV

In January of 2017, a jury ruled that DISH Network had violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) after its marketing agency, SSN, called numbers listed on the Do-Not-Call (DNC) Registry.  The class-action suit revealed over 51,000 calls broke this cardinal rule. The jury awarded the plaintiffs $400 per violation, amounting to $20.5 million.

However, that wasn’t the end. The TCPA allows the court discretion to triple the damages if they establish the actions were willful.  The court later declared Dish’s actions were willful, although agents from SSN were the ones manning the phone banks.  Suddenly, that $20.5 million jab mushroomed into a $61 million haymaker.

In a separate recent case, the court ordered Dish to pay $280 million for using robocalls to consumers on DNC lists.  The court determined DISH made more than 55 million illegal calls.  This ruling also included a prohibition against breaking TCPA rules going forward and a 20-year-plan to supervise its telemarketing efforts.

Dish currently must fork over $341 million, even though contractors and sub-contractors were the ones making the calls. Turning a blind eye turned into one of the costliest errors in telemarketing history.

Staying Out of Court

Your business should take note of what these decisions reveal regarding the general opinion of the court.  Accidents will happen. But, without a way to prove active steps for contact center TCPA compliance, your business is in unnecessary jeopardy.  The courts want to know:
  • Are your TCPA infractions one-off occurrences, or do they seem to happen repeatedly?
  • Are you aware of what your agents are doing? Do you have an auditing system in place?
  • Do you have a policy and program detailing what happens when an individual files a complaint about unsolicited and/or unwanted calls?
  • How do you maintain your call records and stay in sync with federal and state DNC registries?
While the actions of Dish TV were considered egregious, if a party even thinks they have a case to sue your company, you may quickly find yourself drowning in legal bills.  Because even when a company successfully defends itself, the price of victory may still be bankruptcy.

Protecting Contact Center TCPA Compliance

If your business—or an agency you hire to do marketing work for your business—unknowingly calls mobile and wireless customers without the prior express written consent required by the FCC, you are liable.

We developed Vox CNI (Cellular Number Identification) so you can:

  • Easily scrub your lists in real-time
  • Generate reports to audit and verify contact center TCPA compliance, and
  • Integrate your CNI-related contact center TCPA compliance tasks directly with autodialer platforms, like SpitFire
Our contact center TCPA compliance engine is available for all carriers, dialer vendors, and contact center configurations. We designed it so your contact center remains on the right side of the law without placing a heavy burden on the shoulders of you or your team.

Learn more about how we can keep your contact center safe and productive. Contact us today!

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