Find: FCC approves tighter rules against telemarketing and spam texts

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In addition to placing new requirements on VoIP services, the FCC today approved new measures designed to help consumers better deflect unwanted telemarketing calls and spam SMS messages. "Consumers by the thousands have complained to us, letting us know that they remain unhappy with having their privacy invaded and their time wasted by these unwanted calls," said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. Going forward, telemarketers will need to receive written permission — via either physical or electronic means — prior to reaching out to consumers with prerecorded or direct calls. Further, the agency has reversed a stipulation that once allowed businesses to dial current and former customers with new offers unrelated to the services that...