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FCC considers regulating unsolicited marketing texts

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The Federal Communications Commission is considering regulations on unsolicited text messages from businesses. Advocates say it's needed to protect consumers, but opponents say it's a matter of free speech.

Texting has become a way of life for millions of us, but what about those marketing texts?

"It's really annoying, why because when my phone goes off I expect it to be someone I actually want to hear from," said Avery Bufkin.

Bufkin is bothered by the intrusiveness of unsolicited text messages from advertisers.

The FCC is starting to listen to her type of complaint. It is now accepting public comment on a petition filed by a consumer rights group that seeks to have internet-to-phone text messages declared a type of auto-dialing.

Maria DelCastillo says that she feels violated when she gets unwanted texts, which is why she doesn't freely give out her address, email or cell phone number.

Opponents of the FCC's proposed regulation of them describe as free speech.

"Because of how technology is shaping our world we might have to re-think about our rights and the rights of corporations as well, so I think we should be have that open discussion," said Blaise Pericas.

That open discussion is about to get under way with the FCC in Atlanta

Most of the people FOX 5 talked to said they're on unlimited text plans, but advocates of regulation says people on limited texts plans can end up paying more on their cell phone bills when they receive unwanted texts.

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