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

December 5, 2018 FCC , Net Neutrality , TCPA , Title II , TXTSMS

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

December 4, 2018 FCC , Net Neutrality , TCPA , Title II , TXTSMS

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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PK In the Know Podcast

August 26, 2011 BART , DMCA , Fair Use , Piracy , TXTSMS

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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PK In the Know Podcast

August 19, 2011 AT&T , Competition , TXTSMS , Wireless

On today’s podcast we discuss the Google-Motorola merger, copyright termination rights, AT&T’s new plan to raise text message prices for customers, and encouraging developments in the publishing industry. 

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AT&T Quadruples Text Messaging Prices, Insists Consumers Demand It.

August 18, 2011 AT&T , TXTSMS

Late last night AT&T confirmed that they are once again raising the price of text messaging on consumers.  The current $10/1000 message plan is being eliminated, leaving only the $20/unlimited plan for consumers who do not want to pay $0.20 per message.  This change follows AT&T’s announcement in January that it was eliminating both the $5/200 plan and the $15/1500 plan. 

At the very least, this constitutes a 100% increase in text messaging prices for the over 70% of adults who send and receive less than 1000 text messages per month.  It is a 400% increase for customers who send and receive less than 200 messages per month (over 50% of adults send and receive 300 messages or less per month, so that number is not insignificant).

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