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Public Knowledge Comment On Wireless Industry Short-Code Task Force

February 2, 2011 Press Release , TXTSMS

Background:  CTIA, The Wireless Association and its affiliate Mobile Marketing Association this morning announced plans for a task force to work on two issues related to short codes.  The announcement is here.

The following is attributed to Michael Weinberg, staff attorney for Public Knowledge:

“We are encouraged that the wireless industry has at last recognized that there is a problem with the long time it takes to obtain a short code, and has set up a group to work on the issue.

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Public Knowledge Praises Expected FCC Action On Bill Shock

October 13, 2010 Press Release , TXTSMS , Wireless

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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EZ Texting Replies to T-Mobile, Calls Carrier Actions ‘Discriminatory’

September 24, 2010 Press Release , TXTSMS

UPDATE: In October 2010, Ez Texting and T-Mobile entered into a private settlement. Currently all Ez Texting messages sent to and from Ez Texting clients are available to T-Mobile subscribers.

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Public Knowledge Sees Lawsuit Over Unlawful Text Message Blocking as Another Reason for FCC Action

September 17, 2010 Press Release , TXTSMS

ALERT: Tell the FCC to Protect Text Messaging!

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Public Knowledge Criticizes New Fees on Text Messaging

September 15, 2010 Press Release , TXTSMS

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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Public Knowledge and Mobile Internet Content Coalition Sponsor Conference on Mobile Innovation Promi

June 7, 2010 Press Release , TXTSMS

The market for mobile applications is one of the fastest growing in the country.  At the same time, there are a great number of barriers that innovators face in either getting their products to market or keeping them online.

Public Knowledge, which in 2007 asked the Federal Communications Commission to protect text messaging, and the Mobile Internet Content Coalition (MICC), will sponsor a half-day conference on June 11, 2010, to explore those issues with the people who every day see the challenge and frustrations of the mobile market.

Here’s the agenda.  We hope you can join us.

Date:  Friday, June 11, 2010
Place:  Arent Fox LLP 1050 Connecticut Ave, N.W., Seventh Floor Washington, D.C. 20036

8:00 Continental Breakfast
8:30 Networking Welcome, Introduction, and Overview – Mike Hazzard, Arent Fox
8:40 Panel I – Meet the Mobile Innovators

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Public Knowledge and Free Press: Sprint Shutdown of Haiti Relief Effort Shows FCC Needs To Protect

March 25, 2010 Press Release , TXTSMS

Two leading public-interest groups today renewed their call for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to safeguard text messaging after they revealed that Sprint will shut down a fund-raising campaign aimed at helping earthquake-ravaged Haiti.

Public Knowledge and Free Press said this new incident provided fresh evidence that the FCC needs to act to prevent telephone companies from having unlimited power to shut down text-messaging campaigns they may not like for whatever reason they wish. A petition filed by those two groups and others asking the FCC to protect text messaging from the whims of big telephone companies has been pending at the FCC since Dec.

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Public Knowledge Statement on FCC Wireless Industry Inquiry

August 27, 2009 Competition , FCC , Press Release , TXTSMS , Wireless

The following statement is attributed to Public Knowledge President and Co-Founder Gigi B. Sohn:

“The Commission took exactly the right path today when it voted to look at all aspects of competition in the wireless industry. For too long, the appearance of competition among a few carriers has masked underlying anti-competitive industry practices ranging from consumer contracts to roaming agreements.

“We also hope that as part of the Commission’s ambitious agenda to examine the wireless market and to encourage innovation that it will act soon on our petition to declare that wireless carriers cannot block text messages or decline to provide short codes based on the content of the message or short code.”

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Public Knowledge Bolsters Case for Text-Messaging Protections

December 15, 2008 Press Release , TXTSMS

Text messaging services, including the message and any short codes used to allow messages to be sent, should be protected from discrimination under the Communications Act, Public Knowledge said today. Short codes are five or six-digit phone numbers that organizations from political campaigns to TV shows use when sending or receiving text messages to and from wireless phone users.

In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Public Knowledge said: “Text messaging services fall squarely within the definition of telecommunications (common carrier) services. The provisioning of short codes is an integral component of common carrier text messaging services in the same way that the provisioning of phone numbers is integral to voice services.

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Wireless Industry Wrong on Key Elements of Text Messaging Protections, Public Knowledge and Allies T

October 2, 2008 Press Release , TXTSMS

Public Knowledge, joined by a prominent state legislator as well as consumer and public interest groups, today told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that extending consumer protections to text messaging will not harm wireless carriers’ ability to fight spam or other harms to their network.

“This filing further bolsters a compelling case that text messaging and short codes are vital forms of communications and deserve protection from discrimination imposed by wireless companies,” said Gigi B. Sohn, president and co-founder of Public Knowledge. “We hope the Commission will act quickly to prevent discrimination against millions of text messaging consumers,” she said. The original petition asking the Commission to make certain that text messages and the short codes used to dial them are protected from interference from telephone companies was filed Dec. 11, 2007.

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