FCC Agrees to Explore Text Message, Short Code Blocking Legality
Today the Federal Communications Commission said it will begin looking deeper into the law to determine if blocking text messages and short codes is an actual violation of the telecom act. The FCC did not say what it will do beyond exploring the law. Public interest groups petitioned the FCC last month to prevent carriers from blocking text messages and short codes.
FCC Moves to Better Protect Against Unwanted Calls
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today circulated a new proposal for taming unwanted robocalls and text messages to mobile phones. According to the FCC, the proposal is a response to more than a dozen petitions seeking clarity on when robocalls and other phone-based outreach is permitted.
FCC Wants Carriers to Step Up Anti-Robocall Efforts
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today asked the country's major telephone providers to improve consumer tools for blocking robocalls. The FCC said robocalls continue to be one of the top complaints filed by consumers.
Court to Allow Net Neutrality Rules to Take Effect
A federal appeals court today refused to block the FCC's net neutrality rules from going into effect. USTelecom, the CTIA, and other groups sought to prevent them from becoming law while the rules are being litigated.
Net Neutrality Rules Reach the Federal Register
The FCC's proposed rules regarding net neutrality were published in the Federal Register today and will become law in 60 days. The rules' appearance in the Federal Register means groups opposed to them may now file lawsuits to prevent the rules from taking final form.
public interest groups?
I'd like to know what in the public interest, other than premiuim messaging, is in the public interest of allowing short codes
"I didn't download that" blah blah blah. It's a problem we have every single day and third party companies should NOT be able to charge you through your cell phone bill. It should require a credit card to prevent billing issues and customer dissatisfaction.
In some cases it has been nearly impossible for customers to get these services canceled to the point that they have had to change their phone numbers just to get rid of them! Ridiculous.
So what does this mean?
Why is this illegal?
If NARAL had its people sign up for a text alert and VZW blocked the mass text, I'd say that was a wrong move (VZW did change its mind on that and allow the message).
Now some premium messages are useful (I'm thinking severe weather alerts, which is a paid service), but most are junk. And the ability for customers to voluntarily opt out of premium sms sounds like a good idea. It's just a feature code, it can be removed at any time.
I love my ESPN alerts!