Verizon Censors Pro-Choice Text Messages

This is a good example of why we, as in U.S. citizens, do NOT want to privatize the commons. The Internet and the airways in which these text messages are sent through are areas that are our “commons“. We need to protect the commons from corporate interest. 

Verizon Censors Pro-Choice Text Messages
Saying it had the right to block “controversial or unsavory” text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon’s mobile network available for a text-message program.

The other leading wireless carriers have accepted the program, which allows people to sign up for text messages from Naral by sending a message to a five-digit number known as a short code.

Text messaging is a growing political tool in the United States and a dominant one abroad, and such sign-up programs are used by many political candidates and advocacy groups to send updates to supporters.

But legal experts said private companies like Verizon probably have the legal right to decide which messages to carry. The laws that forbid common carriers from interfering with voice transmissions on ordinary phone lines do not apply to text messages.

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