Text messaging is a trusted source of communication for Americans. That is not a coincidence.
Historically, text messaging has a spam rate of 2.8% while other messaging services such as email have spam rates as high as 53%. The rate of spam on SMS is so low for a reason—carriers are able to filter out spam messages. But that is only because the regulatory definitions currently in place allow providers to do that.
On this month’s FCC Open Meeting is an item on robotexts, ruling on a petition from Twilio, a mass texting service. The draft item on text messages would formally classify messaging as an information service, not a telecommunications service, reaffirming the regulatory definition of mobile messaging. It might seem mundane but maintaining the regulatory definition of SMS would ensure that consumers do not see an influx in text messaging spam.