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Senators call on the FCC to maintain neutrality protection for text messages



In a letter to the FCC, the group of ten senators warned that reclassification could give mobile service providers too much discretion in delivering text messages. Carriers may block text or censor content if it is considered unappealing or violates the Terms of Use. The move could also give telcos the opportunity to favor their own services, significantly penalizing third-party messaging apps.

The FCC is considering classifying texts as an information service to give operators more means to combat automated news and spam texts. The senators, however, see no need. According to the Telecom Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), broadcasters must already obtain permission from a recipient before sending automated text. In addition, there are concerns that network operators could block legitimate bulk messages. Verizon did so in 2007, when he prevented the women's attorney's office Naral Pro-Choice America from sending a mass text to its members because the content was considered contentious.

The letter that was sent to the FCC today was signed by Sens Markey, Ron Wyden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Tammy Baldwin, Richard Blumenthal, Tina Smith, Ben Cardin, Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Dianne Feinstein.


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