FCC Publishes List of Cellphone Domains and Says “Please Don’t Spam These”
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The Federal Communications Commission, as part of its CAN-SPAM responsibilities, has published a list of domains in an effort to cut down on spam to cellular telephones.

However, there seems to be some confusion as to what exactly the list is, and its intended purpose.


According to the Las Vegas Sun – attributing their information to the Associated Press – it’s a list of domains from which spam to cellphones has been found to have been sent, the domains were reported to the FCC by the cell phone companies, and the listed sites have thirty days to stop sending unwanted text messages to cellphones.

Sadly, they’re wrong. Oh, so wrong.

The FCC website itself says:

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“The purpose of the domain name registry is to protect cellular and other commercial mobile radio service (CMRS) wireless consumers from unwanted commercial electronic mail messages, by identifying, for those who send commercial electronic mail messages, Internet domain names used to transmit electronic messages to CMRS consumers.”

That last half says it all, really: “by identifying, for those who send commercial electronic mail messages, Internet domain names used to transmit electronic messages to CMRS consumers”.

In otherwords: “Spammers, word up – here are all the domains which service and forward email to cellphones. Wasn’t that nice of us to identify them for you in one, convenient and text file?

 

Now, play nice and don’t send spam to them.”

Shyeah, right.

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3 thoughts on “FCC Publishes List of Cellphone Domains and Says “Please Don’t Spam These”
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  1. Does this mean that the FCC is going to pay for ALL charges over everyone’s normal cellular service plan? Major sarcasm intended.

  2. So with this breach of privacy, is the FCC going to pay for ALL charges over our normal cellular service plan? (MAJOR SARCASM intended)

  3. Here is another fine example of the Government going overboard and acting like a bull in a china store. Fighting SPAM is a daily battle. Why give the SPAMMERS another edge up? They seem to be doing just fine as they are.

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