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Unwanted Texts May Be Blocked by Carriers Under FCC Chief’s Plan

Oct. 18, 2021, 5:15 PM

Wireless phone providers would be required to block illegal text messaging under a proposal from the head of the Federal Communications Commission.

Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel asked colleagues to back a rule that would add to efforts to stop unwanted robocalls, the FCC said in a news release.

In 2020, the FCC received about 14,000 consumer complaints concerning unwanted text messages, representing an almost 146% increase from the number the year before, according to the news release.

“In a world where so many of us rely heavily on texting to stay connected with our friends and family, ensuring the ...

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