Today’s Regulatory Mix: Senators Concerned 9-8-8 Under Attack, New York Texting to No-Call Rules
Senators Concerned 9-8-8 Under Attack
Last year, Congress passed the National Suicide Designation Act (the Act), requiring a three-digit 9-8-8 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to be in place by July 2022. Yesterday, Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), along with Senators Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), released a letter sent to CTIA President & CEO Meredith Attwell Baker. CTIA is the national lobbying arm of the wireless telecommunications industry. The letter urges CTIA and its member companies to stop advocating against state-level funding of mental health and suicide prevention call centers and in-person response teams through fees assessed on commercial mobile services and IP-enabled voice service.