One of the highlights at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was the parade of new connected vehicle technologies. Automakers and their suppliers rolled out a number of...19 January 2017
FCC Considers Whether Title II Protections Apply to SMS Traffic
Twilio asserts that SMS messages are “undeniably telecommunications services” under the Open Internet Order framework and that SMS messages also satisfy the definition of a “commercial mobile service,” which are common carrier services regulated under Title II. In addition, Twilio asserts that the FCC has already applied Title II regulation to SMS messaging even though it has not expressly indicated that the service is a Title II service.
The FCC also indicated a desire to refresh the record on this issue because 2008 was the last time it requested comment on a similar petition.
If the FCC grants Twilio’s request to confirm that SMS messages are regulated under Title II, it would by extension confirm that those messages are protected from blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization. Comments and reply comments on Twilio’s Petition are due by November 20, 2015 and December 21, 2015, respectively.