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Navigating SMS Regulations in the U.S.: Ensuring Compliance in Messaging

In the evolving landscape of digital communication, adherence to SMS regulations in the United States is crucial for businesses engaging in text message marketing. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has set forth rules under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and CAN-SPAM Act to protect consumers and regulate the commercial use of SMS messaging. This article aims to provide a comprehensive overview of these regulations and introduce the concept of 10DLC requirements.

Understanding the TCPA and CAN-SPAM Act

The TCPA and CAN-SPAM Act outline the legal framework for commercial text messaging. They distinguish between commercial messages (advertisements or promotions of a commercial product or service) and transactional or informational texts (such as account updates or product warranty details). It’s imperative for businesses to understand these distinctions to ensure compliance.

Key Requirements for SMS Marketing

10DLC Requirements: Enhancing SMS Delivery

10 Digit Long Code (10DLC) is a new standard for A2P (Application-to-Person) SMS messaging in the U.S., designed to improve delivery quality and compliance. This system provides a clearer framework for businesses sending mass text messages, ensuring better delivery rates and compliance with carrier regulations.

Compliance with TCPA and CAN-SPAM

Understand and adhere to these acts to ensure lawful SMS marketing practices.

Adherence to 10DLC Standards

Familiarize with 10DLC requirements for improved SMS delivery and compliance.

Opt-in and Opt-out Processes

Implement clear procedures for customer consent and easy opt-out options in your SMS campaigns.

Responsible Message Content

Ensure your SMS content is appropriate and compliant with all relevant laws and regulations.

Time-Zone Sensitive Messaging

Respect time restrictions for sending SMS as per TCPA guidelines.


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Anti-Spam Policy

IVR Lab has a zero-tolerance policy for SMS/text message spam. Subscribers to SMS messages must have opted into and given permission to receive your SMS broadcasts and autoresponder sequences.

Any unwanted SMS message is spam. If the recipient hasn’t explicitly requested and specifically granted permission to receive your message you cannot message them. Violations of this policy may result in the termination of your account or messaging privileges

Ensuring Compliance and Best Practices

Legal Disclaimer and Responsibility of Users

IVR Lab, along with our partners and associates, explicitly disclaims any legal liability for the misuse of our Interactive Voice Response (IVR) systems. Users are solely responsible for ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations regarding the use of automatic calling and texting services. We emphasize that any information provided by IVR Lab or on this website regarding legal matters is general in nature and should not be considered as legal advice.

Given that rules and regulations can change without notice, it is the user’s responsibility to remain informed and ensure adherence to current legal requirements. We strongly recommend that all users consult with legal professionals to obtain specific legal advice tailored to their particular use case. IVR Lab is dedicated to operating within legal guidelines and expects the same commitment from our users.

It is ultimately the customers’ responsibility to subscribe to the Do-Not-Call registry and scrub your list. As a courtesy, we do provide scrubbing services, provided you sign up for the do-not-call list subscription. The subscription is annual and is available on a area code basis. Check with your account manager for the most current pricing.

Stay Compliant and Connected with Our SMS Solutions

Navigating SMS regulations need not be daunting. With our expertise in compliant communication strategies, we ensure that your SMS marketing aligns with legal standards while effectively reaching your audience. Contact us today to explore how our SMS solutions can enhance your marketing efforts while maintaining the highest compliance standards.