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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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By flubaluba on 12/13/2012 7:30:28 AM , Rating: 0
Come on now Romney better than Obama, i just dont know what to say, i suppose i can ask if you have been taking drugs or have not had sleep for three days, that might explain your comment but i fear it is a more deep routed problem problem.

By Argon18 on 12/13/2012 11:43:38 AM , Rating: 3
To clarify, you looked at big O's abysmal track record of the past four years, record debt, record deficit, record unemployment, record numbers on welfare, record numbers on food stamps, failure to pass a budget for 3 years straight, worst and clumsiest foreign policy since jimmy carter, and the first thought in your mind was "I want more of this"??


By retrospooty on 12/13/2012 2:31:18 PM , Rating: 2
Wow... I am not impressed with Obama, but the falsehoods in your post are just scary. I am not defending his record, but damn are you off.

"record debt, record deficit"
OK, but this is primarily because of less taxes coming in due to the massive recession that started prior to his election. Secondly to too much spending.

"record unemployment"
In the 30's unemployment was at 25%, we just hit 10% for a bit before it went back down.

"record numbers on welfare, record numbers on food stamps"

Yes, alot of people lost jobs - see answer #1 on the recession that started before he was elected.

"worst and clumsiest foreign policy since jimmy carter"

Not a big fan of Obama financially , but his FP was a highlight.

By Rukkian on 12/13/2012 5:02:40 PM , Rating: 2
Or maybe there are people that would have loved to see him go had the republicans put up somebody that had they thought might actually care what people that make less than 500k care about, or was actually sincere in anything he said.

I really wanted to vote for somebody other than Obama but Romney was just not the answer, as evidenced by the outcome.

"What would I do? I'd shut it down and give the money back to the shareholders." -- Michael Dell, after being asked what to do with Apple Computer in 1997

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