It has been a VERY perilous week for free speech. The New York Times reports that,
“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.”
Of course like most cell phone service providers, downloading porn to a Verizon phone is a piece of cake and obscene text messages from spammers is a regular occurrence. Did I mention my contract is coming due soon?