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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 Nfarce on 12/12/2012 11:21:02 PM , Rating: 0
Hey brainiac: getting Osama was 9 years in the making (and let's not forget that the Clinton administration didn't take the Osama threat very seriously, right up to the USS Cole attack in 2000). A lot of intel gathered happened over the previous three years up to the invasion, including "enhanced interrogation techniques" that Obama himself said he was against.

So yes, he's credited with it because he has the final call and play. Just like he's credited with withdrawing troops in Iraq even though the withdrawal plan was signed by Bush in 2008. Interestingly, he won't take credit for the persistent stubborn high unemployment and anemic GDP growth and blames the previous president (when unemployment was lower and GDP awas actually higher). And the deficit was 50% lower, blah blah blah.

Time for that liberal Kool Aid kick bro. Oh Yeah!


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?


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