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Spam texts are out of control, say all 51 attorneys general

FoxNews:”A proposal to force cellphone companies to block certain spam texts is gaining momentum. Meanwhile, there are simple things you can do right now to stop spam texts, which I’ll get to shortly. California Attorney General Rob Bonta has expressed his support for a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to put an end to illegal and malicious texts.  By doing so, he joined attorneys general from the other 49 states and Washington D.C., who had all previously expressed their support of the proposal. In a letter signed by all 51 attorneys general to the FCC, supporting them in their hopes to require cellular providers to block illegal text messages from invalid or unused numbers, as well as blocking any phone numbers found on a “do not originate” list, numbers which have previously been proved to have been used for fraudulent activity. The attorneys general are pushing for the FCC to go a step further, however, in urging them to develop authentication software that would help determine if a text message is a known or likely spammer, similar to how many spam or fraudulent phone calls are listed as “potential spam” on smartphones, thanks to the STIR/SHAKEN technology implemented in 2021…”

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