Items tagged "TXTSMS"

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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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FCC Learns That Ignoring Problems Does Not Make Them Go Away; Can Often Make Them Worse

June 6, 2011 TXTSMS , USF

One of the hardest things about growing up is learning how to face hard problems.  The easy impulse is always to try and ignore a hard problem and hope that it goes away.  The flaw in this strategy is that it almost never works.  In fact, it usually only makes the problem worse.  Oftentimes, it makes the problem worse in ways that you never could have expected.  Eventually there is a moment where you realize that the only way to solve the problem is to face it head on, even if that means making some hard decisions.  That is the moment you grow up a little bit.

And thus, we find ourselves considering today’s filing by Public Knowledge and the National Hispanic Media Coalition about text messaging and the Universal Service Fund.

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Why Unlimited Mobile-to-Mobile Calling is Evidence of a Lack of Wireless Competition

February 9, 2011 FCC , Mobile Communication , Spectrum Reform , TXTSMS , Wireless

Today AT&T announced that it was offering a new feature to some of its subscribers: unlimited calling to any mobile number.  This comes after the news that they were also offering free microcells  (little boxes that boost reception in your home) to some iPhone users, and that Verizon was offering unlimited wireless data to its own iPhone subscribers.  Why is this flood of enticements evidence that there is not very much competition between wireless companies?

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AT&T Increases Prices on Text Messaging In the Name of Streamlining

January 25, 2011 AT&T , TXTSMS

Last week, AT&T quietly “streamlined” their text messaging offerings by eliminating the $5/200 message/month plan and the $15/1,500 message/month plan.  This leaves customers with two options – pay $10 a month for 1000 messages or $20 a month for unlimited messages.  In doing so, AT&T doubled the cost of text messaging for a significant percentage of their customers – a service that costs AT&T essentially nothing to provide.

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FCC Inaction on Text Messaging Hurts Nonprofits and Charities

November 3, 2010 FCC , Mobile Communication , TXTSMS , Wireless

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

October 22, 2010 Competition , Innovation , Mobile Communication , Set-Top Box , TXTSMS

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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