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Public Knowledge Criticizes New Fees on Text Messaging

It has been reported that one large wireless carrier is planning to implement new fees on businesses which use text messaging to stay in touch with customers.

The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:

“These charges represent a ‘market-power’ tax on every business that uses text messaging.  We expect that other carriers will soon follow suit.

“There is no indication that the cost that any carrier charges aggregators and mobile service providers to send messages reflects the actual costs of transmission.  Similarly, there is no indication that a cost increase reflects any increase of the cost to transmit the message. 

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Nonprofits Ask FCC Not to H8 on TXT

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It’s not every day that you find groups like American Public Media, Center for Community Change,  The Humane Society of the United States, Reform Immigration for America, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops speaking together on an issue.  However that is just what is happening with text messaging.  They, along with a number of other nonprofits, are getting together to tell the FCC that it is time to realize that people use text messaging to communicate.

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PK In the Know Podcast

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In this week’s edition of the In the Know Podcast, we discuss rumored wireless data buckets at Verizon, the next generation of DRM, and the legality of the iPad app Flipboard. Finally, we interview Grigory Kruglov about Greg’s Pulse, a site that can send you a text message when something you care about happens online.

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