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FCC Votes To Let Carriers Block Unwanted Text Messages

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FCC Votes To Let Carriers Block Unwanted Text Messages
The commissioner who cast the sole dissenting vote said the FCC has made "the same mess for text messages it did for net neutrality last year."
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On Wednesday, the FCC voted to let mobile phone carriers block unwanted text messages.

In a 3-1 vote, the FCC rejected requests to classify text messaging as a telecommunication service, which would have made it harder for carriers to block texts. Instead, texts will be considered an information service.

But that move has been met with criticism from the Democratic Party. A group of Senate Democrats and independent Bernie Sanders sent a letter to the agency earlier this month opposing the potential ruling, saying it might let mobile carriers "censor legal text messages if they believe that the content is controversial."

The one dissenting vote came from Jessica Rosenworcel, the agency's sole Democratic commissioner.

Rosenworcel tweeted after the meeting, "Today the FCC makes the same mess for text messages it did for Net Neutrality last year."