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US Senators Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) want to make unsolicited commercial text messages illegal. They have introduced legislation they're calling the m-SPAM Act of 2009 to put the brakes on mobile spam.
The proposed legislation would strengthen the powers given to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to curb unwanted text messages. Additionally, it would flat out prohibit sending text messages to mobile numbers on the Do-Not-Call registry.
Senators Snowe and Nelson have taken pains to point out that mobile spam is more than just annoying. Most mobile plans charge the user a 10 to 20 cent fee for receiving any text message. Additionally, mobile spam is a channel through which viruses and malicious programs can be transmitted to mobile devices.
Wireless users in the U.S. received more than 1.1 million spam text messages in 2007, up 38 percent from 2006 levels.