The FCC has proposed new rules to prevent spam text messages, including a requirement for operators to block them at network level and to apply the standards similar to caller ID.
At the regulator’s latest meeting, Commissioners voted to adopt the suggested measures with the matter now the subject of a public consultation.
Under the rules, which follow a similar crackdown on spam voice calls, mobile operators would be required to block texts from invalid, unallocated or unused numbers, along with any on the do-not-originate list.
Spam texts have been identified by the agency as a growing threat. The FCC noted it received 15,300 complaints about unwanted texts in 2021, and 14,000 in 2020. This year, by the end of June, they have already received 8,500.—
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