Changes in the Federal Communications Commission regulations that would prohibit all solicitation faxes unless the sender has explicit written permission—with a signature—from the recipient, which were slated to go into effect August 25, have been pushed back to January 1, 2005.

The new rule, proposed on July 3, caused an uproar from meeting industry associations, including the American Society of Association Executives, which filed a petition for the FCC to clarify its impact on tax-exempt nonprofit organizations. The National Association of Realtors also filed a request of emergency stay of the fax rules, as did the National Association of Business Political Action Committees, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, and American Business Media, among other associations.

For a complete copy of the Order on Reconsideration, click here.