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FCC protects wireless users from spam

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As a follow up to last August’s rules adopted to protect people from receiving unsolicited commercial messages on their wireless phones and pagers, the Federal Communications Commission on Monday, with the cooperation of wireless carriers, published a list of wireless e-mail domain names used to send messages. Thirty days from Feb. 7, it will be illegal to send commercial messages to individuals at addresses that include any of the domain names on the list, unless the recipient has given express permission for such messages from specific companies. The list does not provide any individual e-mail addresses. One ESP has already incorporated the changes. FreshAddress, an e-mail marketing services provider, on Thursday announced it has integrated the Federal Communications Commission’s Wireless Domain List into its e-mail address database solutions.

The FCC’s list is available at http://www.fcc.gov/cgb/policy/DomainNameDownload.html. The FCC also encouraged the industry to develop additional mechanisms to protect wireless subscribers from unwanted commercial mail.

The action, said the FCC, was part of implementing the Controlling the Assault of Non-solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act).

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