Concern about FCC proposal on texts messages

The Federal Communications Commission recently released a proposal "to reduce unwanted robocalls and support blocking of spam robotexts."

A Washington Post editorial today argues that the FCC proposal on spam texts "empowers companies instead of consumers." The gist of the issue is this:

The FCC announced in November that it plans formally to classify text messaging, currently of indeterminate regulatory status, in the same category as high-speed Internet. Proponents claim the change will help wireless carriers stop unwanted communications from flooding customers’ cellphones. But as critics point out, moving text messaging to a regulation-light realm could also allow companies arbitrarily to block even legitimate communications.

The full editorial is here. The Ars Technica blog offers the same criticism, here.

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