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.
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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!