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How Chairman Pai’s Move to Control Your Text Messages Could Bring More Consumer Protections Tumbling Down

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In my last post, I addressed how Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai isn’t really preventing robocalls with his new draft Order to classify both SMS text messaging and short codes as Title I “information services.” Now I will discuss the potential consequences for such a maneuver, and why doing so could send consumer protections tumbling down.

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Chairman Pai Isn’t Stopping Robocalls—He’s Empowering Carriers to Block Your Text Messages

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In December 2007, Public Knowledge filed a Petition For Declaratory Ruling asking the Federal Communications Commission to clarify that both SMS text messaging and short codes are “Title II” telecommunications services. Put another way, we asked the FCC to reaffirm the basic statutory language that if you use telephones and the telephone network to send information from one telephone number to another, it meets the definition of “telecommunications service” (47 U.S.C. 153(53)).

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Will Text Message Donations Help Carriers Influence Policy?

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Last week, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) released an advisory opinion clearing the way for campaign donations via text message.  This is a positive step.  However, the opinion raises some interesting questions about just how much control wireless carriers are going to have over which campaigns get to raise money via text message – and what happens when a candidate takes a policy position against the carriers.

Request for Political Text-to-Donate

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Political Text Message Donation Mess is Wholly Preventable

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Word broke yesterday that carriers are dragging their feet on text-to-donate for political campaigns. The Obama and Romney campaigns and their supporters find themselves completely at the mercy of the wireless carriers.  If those carriers decide not to let people donate to political campaigns via text message there is not a lot that can be done about it. 

While the Obama and Romney campaigns' attempt to use text messaging is currently playing out at the FEC, this all comes back to the FCC.  After all, even if the campaigns win at the FEC, the carriers can still simply refuse to carry the campaigns.  And the fault for that is squarely on the FCC.

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PK In the Know Podcast

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On today's podcast, we discuss Fox's efforts to increase piracy, BART shutting down cell phone service, the Understanding 9/11 project, and the MP3Tunes decision.  Then we talk about how three artists - Rana Santacruz, April Smith, and Mates of State - are finding new ways to reach out to fans.

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