The Use Of Sms Messages And Political Spam

Federal election regulators recently determined to exempt text-based wireless ads from campaign disclosure rules. Consumers could find their mobile phones subject to a flood of political spam as campaign 2002. The Federal Election Commission (FEC) approved a New Jersey technology firm's petition to waive disclosure rules for political ads delivered via SMS -- or "short messaging service."

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

How does SMS differ from instant messaging services or electronic mail (e-mail)?
Has political e-mails been addressed by legislation?
Would political e-mails be considered to be protected by the First Amendment?
Should businesses consider the use of SMS?

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