us: Groups to Press FCC To Prohibit Blocking Of Text Messages

A consortium of consumer groups is planning to urge federal regulators to clarify how much control cellphone companies can have over the messages and services delivered over their networks.In a petition to be filed with the Federal Communications Commission today, these groups say the agency should prohibit wireless carriers from blocking text messages sent by any company, nonprofit group or political campaign. These groups — including Public Knowledge, Free Press, Media Access Project, Consumers Union and the New America Foundation — also say carriers should deliver all text messages to their customers, including those sent by competing phone services.

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