Advocacy Letter Against 10 Digit Long Code Policies - Voices For Power

Advocacy Letter On 10 Digit Long Code Policies

Across the country, nonprofit, nonpartisan groups texted into rural and urban communities to assist in navigating the complexities of COVID-19, unemployment, and other paradoxes of life.

We write to bring to your urgent attention a trend of pending restrictive business policies recently introduced by AT&T and T-Mobile. These new business policies, known as 10 Digit Long Code or 10DLC, reflect a punitive reaction to a growing market.

Dear President Biden, Vice-President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Congressman Frank Pallone, Senator Maria Cantwell, Congresswoman Joyce Beatty, Congressman Raul Ruiz, Congresswoman Judy Chu:

State Voices is an affiliated network of 23 state tables and hundreds of partner organizations engaged in year-round grassroots organizing and integrated civic engagement. Our organizing and integrated civic engagement includes pro-active outreach to historically marginalized communities in the U.S.

Across the country, nonprofit, nonpartisan groups texted into rural and urban communities to assist in navigating the complexities of COVID-19, unemployment, and other paradoxes of life. We write to bring to your urgent attention a trend of pending restrictive business policies recently introduced by AT&T and T-Mobile. These new business policies, known as 10 Digit Long Code or 10DLC, reflect a punitive reaction to a growing market.

This expansion of restrictive business practices began with Verizon just over two years ago and was implemented in 2020. These measures have been franchised in accord with CTIA’s Messaging Principles and Best Practices; however, we contend that these actions are now effectively creating barriers to communicating with over 82% of wireless consumers in the U.S. Our network has worked, consistent with CTIA’s applicable practices, to maintain communications that are not fraudulent, misleading or spam.

These new restrictions would further extend the gap in access to sustainable information and communication technology as identified in the National Broadband Plan of 2009.

Nonprofit organizations desire not only access to hardware and devices for those they service, but also the ability to build technology that keeps the costs of communication affordable. Peer-to-peer texting has been instrumental in maintaining U.S. democracy through the pandemic and building the highest election participation in our nation’s history.

State Voices is highly concerned that 3 of 4 of the U.S.'s largest wireless carriers are creating barriers to U.S. communications infrastructure. This action, while designed to dissuade bad actors, should be reversed. These business practices further dilute efforts to obtain net-neutrality in communications. They create high-delivery, low filter fast lanes for large multinational corporations; while creating a second-class for U.S. small businesses and nonprofit organizations to communicate with over 80% of people in the country.

We contend that U.S.'s wireless and broadband markets, access to these markets, and the agency to apply our technical innovations to this market should not be curtailed.

We call on our nation’s leaders to exercise your executive, administrative and legislative authority to protect the ability of non-profit organizations, labor unions, and advocacy groups to access wireless market and infrastructure. We welcome further discussion on this critical issue; please contact Brandon A. Jessup at bjessup@statevoices.org with any questions. Thank you for your service and commitment to democracy that hears the voices of us all.

Sincerely,
Alexis Anderson-Reed
CEO
State Voices

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