Sep 272007

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?

 September 27, 2007  Posted by on September 27, 2007

  2 Responses to “Verizon Blocks NARAL Text Messages”

  1. this has been reversed.

  2. thank god it’s been reversed! Who are they to censor?
    Verizon provides the *means* to communicate, they dont get to tell us WHAT to communicate.

    My god!

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