Republican Spammer Complains Filters Violate Net Neutrality, Asks FCC to Ban Them
December 12, 2012 12:45 PM
comment(s) - last by
Notorious spammer claims net neutrality applies to spam
Jason Flanary (R), chief operating officer at ccAdvertising -- a company specializing in political text message spam – turned heads during the last presidential election by
sending unsolicited messages
to smartphones with
, "Obama believes killing children is a right until the umbilical cord is cut."
While Mr. Flanary was disappointed to lose his own election bid for the Virginia state senate [
] amid the controversy that ensued, he's now pushing ahead on an even more ambitious effort. He's asked the
U.S. Federal Communications Commission
to either whitelist political spam (or "political messages" as he views it) or to declare spam in general protected free speech.
Either way, he argues, it should be illegal for private businesses to block or discriminate against using filters traffic they consider "spam".
In the wake of the ccAdvertising text campaign many carriers began to block his company's messages, recognizing that their customers did not want the unsolicited and often times unwelcome texts. But in doing so Mr. Flanary claims they broke the law.
Jason Flanary is among the Republicans breaking with part ranks to voice support for net neutrality, arguing it should be expanded to protect political spam.
[Image Source: FairFax Patch]
His stand is unusual as in the past
most federal Republicans contended
that net neutrality was
an abusive expansion of federal power
intrusion on free market
. Now it appears that at least some Republicans may be changing their mind, looking to leverage the FCC policy to their advantage.
If you want to respond to Mr. Flanary's claim that political text message spam is protected free speech, the FCC welcomes public comments
. Be aware, you must give your real name and address.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: But technically, isn't he right?
12/12/2012 3:00:59 PM
He has a right to speak -- which he's continuing to exercise. However, he does not have a right to force people to listen, which is what being spammed via text message is. People are allowed to filter, and they are allowed to filter at the upstream level. It's like having a "no solicitors" sign up at the edge of of your community. In this case, he's using a private network (phone), which doesn't have a free speech guarantee.
"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook
FTC: Uncle Sam Will Give You $50K if You Can Think up a Way to Stop Robocallers
October 19, 2012, 12:51 PM
Editorial: GOP Aims to Remove Net Neutrality, Ban Gambling, Porn From Net
August 31, 2012, 12:25 AM
Democratic Senators Block Republican-led Net Neutrality Repeal
November 11, 2011, 9:11 AM
FCC Moves to Draft Net Neutrality Rules as Sen. McCain Moves to Block
October 23, 2009, 10:42 AM
Smart Security Cameras: 5 Good Choices For Any Budget
July 25, 2016, 7:13 PM
Top 5 Smart Watches
July 21, 2016, 11:48 PM
Retiree Sues Apple For $7,500 for Wiping Honeymoon Photos From His iPhone
November 30, 2015, 10:23 AM
iPhone 7 May Pack 3-4 GB Memory, More Storage; 4-Inch Comeback is Rumored
November 20, 2015, 10:12 PM
OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 Will Receive Android Marshmallow in Q1 2016
November 16, 2015, 9:58 AM
Lenovo Whoa: Motorola Droid MAXX 2 and Turbo 2 Break Cover in Leaks
October 26, 2015, 3:12 PM
Most Popular Articles
iPhones May Get Curved Screens Next Year
August 24, 2016, 6:45 AM
Drones at the Airport
August 26, 2016, 5:00 AM
First Apple Computer Auctions for $815,000
August 27, 2016, 7:51 AM
5 Easy Ways to Lower Blood Pressure By Monique C. Bethell, Ph.D.
August 25, 2016, 8:00 AM
2 NEW PlayStation 4 Models - Unveiling September 7th
August 23, 2016, 6:23 AM
Latest Blog Posts
First Self-Driving Car debut on the streets of Singapore
Aug 28, 2016, 4:10 PM
Coming Soon - Drones and Airports
Aug 24, 2016, 12:40 PM
SolarCity’s Gigafactory: A Milesone in Emerging Technology by Lily Emamian - 15 August 2016
Aug 15, 2016, 6:30 AM
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information