FCC Proposes SMS for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The FCC has proposed opening up the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for access by text message in addition to voice calls. The Lifeline is accessible by dialing 988. The proposal would let people send a text to 988 to reach emotional support. The Lifeline already supports text chat via the web. If the proposal passes an FCC vote next month, US wireless carriers would have until July 16th, 2022 to implement the routing for texts sent to 988.
Dec 13, 2019
Google has added two major new features to its Messages app for Android phones: Verified SMS and spam protection. Verified SMS is a way for Google to confirm that SMS messages claiming to come from a participating business are, in fact, legitimate messages from that company.
Nov 20, 2020
T-Mobile today became the first major wireless provider to launch 988, the new three-digit emergency number for those in need of free mental health support. Dialing the number connects you directly to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, a network of approximately 180 crisis centers staffed by professionally trained counselors.
Dec 12, 2018
California state legislators have suggested the state implement a tax on text messages in order to help fund the Public Purpose Program. The PPP is similar to the Mobility Fund operated by the federal government.
Jan 31, 2020
Apple's WebKit web browser engine team has proposed a new standard for SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) that would allow the process to be automated, requiring no extra user interaction when logging into a web site on a mobile device. Currently, SMS-based 2FA requires that users receive and view a text message containing a one-time passcode (OTP) that is typically a six-digit number, then enter that number on a special login page.
May 15, 2019
At its June 6th meeting, the FCC will consider new rules giving phone companies greater power to block robocalls. Companies would be allowed to completely block calls before they reach a consumer's phone "based on any reasonable analytics designed to identify unwanted calls", and make this the default behavior for all customers.
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