Unwanted Commercial Electronic Mail
The Commission has adopted rules to protect consumers and businesses from unwanted electronic mail messages on wireless devices such as mobile phones. The Commission began this rulemaking process as directed by Congress in the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003 (CAN-SPAM Act). Congress passed the CAN-SPAM Act to address the rapid growth in unwanted commercial electronic mail messages.
The CAN-SPAM Act requires the Federal Communications Commission to issue rules with regard to commercial e-mail and some text messages sent to wireless devices such as cell phones—not e-mail in general. Specifically, section 14 of the CAN-SPAM Act requires the Commission to develop rules to protect consumers from “unwanted mobile service commercial messages.”
For information on stopping spam in general, not just messages for wireless devices, see the FTC’s website www.ftc.gov/spam/.)
CAN-SPAM Orders and Notices
The Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau Reminds Commercial Mobile Radio Service Providers of Their Obligation to Register and Update Domain Names Used to Transmit Electronic Messages to Wireless Devices.
Public Notice: Word | Acrobat
Rules and Regulations Implementing the Controlling the Assault of Non-Solicited Pornography and Marketing Act of 2003; and Rules and Regulations Implementing the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991.
Order: Word | Acrobat
FCC Takes Action To Protect Wireless Subscribers From SPAM. Prohibits sending commercial messages referencing specified domain names
Press Release: Word | Acrobat
Powell Statement: Word | Acrobat
Copps Statement: Word | Acrobat