FCC decides text messaging isn't broken and doesn't need fixing [telecom]

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By David Nicklaus

Americans send nearly 5 billion text messages a day because it's fast,
convenient and mostly spam-free.

Does that sound like something regulators need to fix? Fortunately,
the Federal Communications Commission decided no.


Bill Horne
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Re: FCC decides text messaging isn't broken and doesn't need fixing [telecom]
On 12/21/2018 4:42 PM, Bill Horne wrote:
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The article is wrong. It's a clearly partisan mischaracterization for
ideological reasons.

What the FCC did is CHANGE the status of SMS, potentially breaking it.
It was a telecom service. They change it to an information
service. They claimed this was to permit spam blocking, but they
already encourage blocking of spam phone calls, which are telecom, so
that was specious.

An SMS text (and MMS is different) is, plain and simple, a telegram.
It's more specifically a radiotelegram sent using the signaling
network.  Bits in, bits out. Pure telecom. Under the FCC's new rules,
phone companies can monitor and mess with your texts, datamine their
content, insert ads, etc.

I suggest reading Cmr. Jessica Rosenworcel's dissent, on the FCC web
site. That explains it.

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