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    Rutledge Urges FCC to Keep Text Messages ‘Spam Free’


    December 22, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has joined other attorneys general in a comment letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) asking that the current safeguards and filters used to protect consumers from spam and phishing text messages be maintained.

    “As I continue to work with my colleagues to reduce annoying telemarketing calls to Arkansans, I want to make sure that wireless carriers do not lose their ability to protect consumers’ messaging,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Taking this ability away would make consumers increasingly vulnerable to dangerous spam and phishing schemes.”

    “Text messaging spam would be a major annoyance to consumers and would be a vehicle for various fraudulent activities,” the attorneys general wrote. “We believe, and our citizens desire, that this unique wireless service should be kept ‘spam free.’”

    In addition to Rutledge, the letter, which was led by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden, was signed by attorneys general from Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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