FCC Confirms Carriers’ Authority to Block Spam Texts
The US Federal Communications Commission voted this week to confirm the authority of wireless carriers to block unwanted or spam text messages, with the agency voting 3-to-1 to classify text messages as an information service instead of a telecommunications service.
Democrats warned that the decision would allow carriers to block or censor texts that customers send. FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel clarified that this means carriers now have the legal right to block subscriber text messages and censor the very content of those messages.
However, the FCC said the decision only affects bulk messaging and not individuals sending messages or blocking specific senders.