Group files text-blocking complaint with FCC

Karissa sent me this story from Macworld:

Eight consumer and public-interest groups filed a complaint with the
U.S. Federal Communications Commission, saying mobile phone providers
should not be able to block text messages from political groups and


If the FCC grants the petition, it would open up mobile phone networks to millions of pieces of text spam, Nelson added. Verizon Wireless currently blocks between 100 million and 200 million unwanted text messages advertising pornography and other products, he said. Text messaging in the U.S. would quickly become “unusable” because of all the unblocked spam, Nelson said.
“I don’t think [the consumer groups] understand what would happen if they’re successful,” he said. “If the folks who filed with the FCC get their way, it’d be a free-for-all.”