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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 statements like, "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 [source] 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
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.
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His stand is unusual as in the past most federal Republicans contended that net neutrality was an abusive expansion of federal power and 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 here.  Be aware, you must give your real name and address.

Sources: FCC [filing], [comments], DailyKos



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RE: Impressed with Obama
By Argon18 on 12/12/2012 3:11:34 PM , Rating: -1
Obama is a douchetard, manipulating the system for his own personal gain, and hurting us all in the process. The man hasn't passed a federal budget in four years. This Divider in Chief seems utterly incapable of working across the aisle and coming to an agreement with both parties, like every president before him.

And now Obama is playing obstructionist, refusing to sign any budget put in front of him unless it meets all his demands. He's "moving us forward" alright... forward straight of a cliff. This Idiot in Chief is playing the fool, and we're all paying the price for his tomfoolery.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By JediJeb on 12/12/2012 3:18:51 PM , Rating: 1
It appears his idea is to have the other side "compromise" their beliefs instead of reaching a "compromise" where each side gives up a little to work out a deal.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By MartyLK on 12/12/12, Rating: 0
RE: Impressed with Obama
By Dr of crap on 12/12/2012 3:29:24 PM , Rating: 1
So you really don't CARE what he does, as long as your PARTY is in charge?

Great thinking!


RE: Impressed with Obama
By MartyLK on 12/12/2012 3:33:20 PM , Rating: 1
Actually I do see him doing all manner of good - humbling and putting in their place, the Repubs, is one seriously sweet thing.

But my main desires was for *him* to be in charge. Someone the stuffy-ass, racist and arrogant Repubs can't stand or cope with.

I'm gonna love a woman being in charge next.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By ClownPuncher on 12/12/2012 3:46:39 PM , Rating: 2
So, you don't actually have a relevant political opinion? Great. Way to represent the uneducated voter base.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By flubaluba on 12/13/2012 7:06:52 AM , Rating: 2
read , read and learn, he said he loves seeing the republicans so butthurt...lol as do many of us.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By ClownPuncher on 12/13/2012 5:22:03 PM , Rating: 2
As do I (not for the same reasons), but that doesn't make the previous poster any less of an idiot.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By V-Money on 12/12/2012 8:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Actually I do see him doing all manner of good - humbling and putting in their place, the Repubs, is one seriously sweet thing.


So what has he done. The least you can do is pretend to back up your claims. You talk about "repubs" being racist, but voting someone in office because of his race is just as racist as not voting for someone because of his race. That's the problem with out country is that people like you don't even look at the best candidates, you vote for the most pointless reasons ever...
quote:
I'm gonna love a woman being in charge next.
...basically saying that no matter who the other candidates are you will vote for Hillary simply because she is a woman. I personally don't care what race/sex the president is and I hate that people are setting us back years in the name of "progress" and "equality". I'm not racist or sexist, from your posts I can say that I would probably hate you no matter what race/sex/political party you are from because you sound like a self entitled elitist douche bag who thinks highly of himself and his moral while doing nothing to actually help anyone else.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By MartyLK on 12/12/2012 8:49:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
So what has he done. The least you can do is pretend to back up your claims.


Killing Osama Bin Laden and effectively fighting the war on terror. The previous president couldn't find him in 8 years. President Obama is forever credited with killing that piece of shit in 2 years.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By Nfarce on 12/12/12, Rating: 0
RE: Impressed with Obama
By flubaluba on 12/13/2012 7:11:16 AM , Rating: 2
Wow so many lies in that comment it is hard to decide which one to point out first, actually i think you know, nobody can be that dumb can they?


RE: Impressed with Obama
By MartyLK on 12/12/2012 8:59:17 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
...basically saying that no matter who the other candidates are you will vote for Hillary simply because she is a woman.


Ordinarily if it didn't matter, I would still vote for her. I damn sure won't vote Republican. So if the Devil, himself, were running as the Democratic candidate and the mother Teresa were running as the Republican candidate, I would vote for the Devil without blinking twice. The lesser of 2 evils.

But Hilary Clinton will bring a boatload of qualifications and intelligence. Her past experience and current experience will be overwhelming values for her candidacy.

I'd wager that even people who might ordinarily have a difficult time voting for a woman would find it rather easy to vote for Hilary Clinton.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By flubaluba on 12/13/2012 7:13:51 AM , Rating: 2
I think the country is holding there breath waiting to see if she decided to run, if she does there will be partying in the streets, and the republicans have already said they might as well not put a candidate up if she runs as they will have absolutely no chance of winning against her.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By MartyLK on 12/13/2012 10:46:30 AM , Rating: 1
Yeah, she will be a difficult candidate to match. Her qualifications are over the top. I'd basically say that the very moment she signs for candidacy is the very moment she becomes the next president.

On a different note, I remember how the Repubs claimed about 2 years into Obama's first term that would not be re-electable. And they were boasting about it like it was a fact. That POS R. Lim'burger-cheese-wizard led the charge in playing down President Obama's electability and insulted him every way he could. He'd hoped that President Obama failed.

Hahahaha! I love that he's now licking his own butt-cheese encrusted asshole. And I hope he feels the sting real good.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By JediJeb on 12/13/2012 4:03:39 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
But Hilary Clinton will bring a boatload of qualifications and intelligence.


Being a Senator for a few years after being elected in a state she was not from? I can admit she has gained a little experience in foreign relations in her term as Secretary of State but even during that she has made some rather strange decisions, the whole "reset button" thing with the Russians and others.

Why didn't she return to Arkansas and run for Senator instead of moving to New York? Is it possible she could have never won the election there?


RE: Impressed with Obama
By flubaluba on 12/13/2012 7:09:30 AM , Rating: 2
The fact that he is black is just a bonus and makes no difference to anyone other than the republicans that is why so many love the fact that he is black, not that they voted for him because of that , most people voted for him because he is the best person for the job, and is becoming one of the best presidents the country has ever known.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By MartyLK on 12/13/2012 10:30:27 AM , Rating: 2
President Obama is actually one of the most intelligent presidents this nation ever had. Jimmy Carter being another.

Something I never knew about Carter - I was too young to care about politics or qualifications or anything else - is that he is a nuclear (that's New-Clee-er for the Repubs, not Nuke-you-ler) physicist and has been active in much of the nuclear infrastructure in the US.

But my motto - one of them - is: If the Repubs don't like it, it must be good for America. If the Repubs do like it, it's only good for them.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By flubaluba on 12/13/2012 7:04:14 AM , Rating: 2
LOl I feel the same, I am glad Obama won just so I can see the sulking looks on the republicans faces, especially when he decides to play there own game against them, it is sooo funny, and also the fact that he is converting the republic union into a democratic socialist state, whatever the republicans mean by that, anything they do not like seems to be something I can support, well not everything but just for the republicans I will even support his wire-tapping and detention laws that I think are terrible.


RE: Impressed with Obama
By MartyLK on 12/13/2012 12:06:33 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
LOl I feel the same, I am glad Obama won just so I can see the sulking looks on the republicans faces, especially when he decides to play there own game against them


Yeah, that's a big plus for me, too. He's a good force for our nation and likely will be the best president this nation ever had. But I personally know a few bible-thumping, pompous Repubs that can't stand a non-white, non-Repub even being considered for candidacy. They willy-nilly took my livlihood away from me through a frame-up and didn't think the first thing about doing it. It was like it was nothing at all to do it. The main one was a wanna-be Republican politician and prided himself on being clever and witty. He told me one time that the party didn't matter and that he would vote for whoever was the best. That turned out to be pure hogwash and subterfuge.

Long story short, I knew intimately how his expression would be with Obama winning election. He'd want God to deliver everyone into his avenging hands. I pictured the low-life fat-ass, self-righteous, self-important maggot imploding from frustration. And it felt like a high-potency pain killer to me. It felt so good. I reveled for weeks and weeks.

Having Obama voted in a second time must be absolute murder for them. But it's nirvana for me. :D


RE: Impressed with Obama
By yomamafor1 on 12/12/2012 4:57:05 PM , Rating: 4
You DO know that it is not the President's job to pass the federal budget, but Congress'? As a result, if the federal budget doesn't pass, it is not President's fault, but the Congress' fault for not passing the budget?


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