Entries Matching: TXTSMS

Why is the FCC Talking About Text Messaging?

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Last month, when announcing a new program to modernize the nation’s 911 system, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski rightly noted that “consumers are using their phones less to make calls, and more for texting and sending pictures.”  Today the FCC is holding Generation Mobile, a forum to discuss helping young people navigate the mobile world.  The forum will focus especially on the “maneuvering marauder” of mobile phones equipped with text messaging.

It is a good thing that the FCC is recognizing the prevalence of text messaging, and its central role in consumers' mobile lives.  Text messaging is important, and the FCC should make sure that consumers are protected.  Unfortunately, as far as the FCC’s authority is concerned, they might as well be investigating nautical traffic separation schemes in the approach to Buzzards Bay, MA  or investigating which chemicals should be exempted under the Toxic Substances Control Act.  That is because, like nautical traffic separation schemes and Toxic Substances Control Act exceptions, the FCC has steadfastly avoided asserting any authority over text messages.

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FCC Inaction on Text Messaging Hurts Nonprofits and Charities

Text messaging has amazing potential to call citizens to action. In the right circumstances, charities and non-profits have had astounding success amplifying the voice and generosity of individuals. However, all is not well in the land of text messaging. Cell phone carriers have stepped forward to claim that they have veto power over every text message sent in America, and the FCC has still not acted on Public Knowledge’s 2007 petition to ban discrimination or censorship of text messages.

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PK In the Know Podcast

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In this week's podcast, we talk about TV networks fighting to keep the Internet off of your TV, tiered pricing on mobile data networks, the latest in SMS statistics, and interview the guys from MakerBeam, an erector set for the Internet age.

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Public Knowledge Praises Expected FCC Action On Bill Shock

The following statement is attributed to Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge:

“We very much appreciate the action the FCC is expected to take tomorrow to protect consumers with wireless devices.  Telling consumers promptly and in an understandable fashion when they are about to incur higher-than-normal charges is a modest requirement that will reap enormous benefits in customer goodwill.

 “At the same time, we continue to urge the Commission to act on another item that would benefit wireless consumers – the petition we filed three years ago to provide legal protections for the content of text messages and for short codes. 

“As with the problem of informing consumers of unusual charges on their bills, the protection of texting is too important to be left to the whim of the wireless industry.  We are pleased the FCC will act on the first; we eagerly await action on the second.”

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PK In the Know Podcast

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In this week's podcast, we bring home the saga of T-Mobile and Weedmaps.com, discuss problems with the new generation of set-top boxes, summarize the Next Big Nashville/Digital Leadership Summit, the Open Hardware Summit, and the Open Video Conference.  We also talk to Aaron Dunn of Musopen, the free public domain classical music project about the project and about how you can help (hint: he doesn't need any more money).

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