The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has delayed a new rule requiring businesses, associations, and nonprofit groups--including schools--to obtain written permission before sending out unsolicited faxes that advertise or promote the availability of any property, goods, or services.

The new FCC rule, announced in July, was to have been in place Aug. 25. In the past month, the FCC received 12 petitions asking the commission to delay the new fax rules.

The agency announced Aug. 19 that it had unanimously approved a 16-month delay, although a spokeswoman suggested this was...

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