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FCC: “No Issues” with TeleForum
August 3, 2015 by Brian Osborne

   On Wednesday Roll Call posted an article titled “Tele-Town Halls Barred Under FCC Ruling.” This article is deeply misleading and has forced the FCC to clarify and Roll Call to backtrack. Let me set the record straight.    There have been no new regulations, no new rule changes, and TeleForums are not “barred” by the FCC.    This article is the unfortunate product of confusing testimony and lazy journalism.   Here’s the FCC’s clarifying statement:   “The Commission’s recent robocall clarifications didn’t impose new restrictions on tele-town halls or Congressional outreach to constituents. Since 1991, informational calls to landlines have been permitted without restriction, while …

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Continue The Dialogue
July 28, 2014 by admin

TeleForums are a wonderful way to communicate with constituents, share your legislative priorities, and receive valuable feedback….and that doesn’t need to end once your 60 minute time period is done. There are many ways to keep the enthusiasm of Teleforums going long past the hour and continue the dialogue with your constituents. Here are a couple ideas to keep in mind: Post the Event Recording. The Front Porch Strategies Team can send along the full event recording for you to share with your constituents. Post it on your website, share snippets on twitter, publish memorable quotes and questions, the list goes on! Use the event …

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Meeting, speech, roundtable, reception, repeat. If you are a member of Congress, then this is probably your everyday reality. Holding town meetings such as these are wonderful in connecting with your constituents, however, what about the younger generation or those that prefer to stay at home? Why not engage them through platforms that they most utilize on a daily basis? If you ever feel you are caught in a communication rut, here are five creative ways to engage with your constituents. Show your fun side! Your communication doesn’t only have to be formal dialogue about your congressional work. Your constituents want to see that you …

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Monday through Thursday has proven to be the best days of the week to schedule a teleforum. TeleForums are most successful around 7:00 pm, when families are home, have eaten dinner, and have free time to listen in. Think about other planned activities going on when scheduling your teleforum.  Avoid days where there are large events, such as sporting events, that would lesson participant involvement in a TeleForum. Time TeleForums with pertinent legislation that affects your district or with important events that constituents would like to hear more about. Remind participants throughout the call the prompt to enter the queue and ask a question to ensure …

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One Less Thing to Worry About
October 24, 2012 by admin

It is that time of year.  You are working insane hours, you are eating unhealthy foods, you haven’t gotten much sleep, and you are counting down the days…ONLY 13 DAYS TO GO! With limited time left, you can’t afford to worry about anything.  This is why you need to entrust your automated calls to Front Porch Strategies. We have all heard the horror stories about phone calls that have embarrassed campaigns in the home stretch.  Don’t trust your automated calls to providers that are not reliable. The last thing you need to worry about is whether or not your calls are getting done right. Trust the expertise of …

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Enhanced Mobile Scrubbing
October 10, 2012 by admin

If you’re familiar with Front Porch, then you’re aware of our attention to detail, our cutting edge technology, and above all else, our customer service.  You may also be aware that recently the FCC issued an advisory to campaigns and phone service vendors regarding automated calls made to cell phones. The penalties for violating FCC policy in this area can be as great as $16,000 for each violation (each call) – making it critical for campaigns to ensure they avoid making calls to cellular numbers. In response to this advisory, Front Porch Strategies has taken steps to ensure that our clients are protected. With this priority …

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