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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 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?

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