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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.
[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 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 V-Money on 12/12/2012 8:04:50 PM , Rating: 2
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...
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
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
...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
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.

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