U.S. Regulators to Weigh Anti-Spam Tactics

FCC to combat mobile phone spam.

The Federal Communications Commission said Thursday it would look into ways to keep cell phones free of spam, while the Federal Trade Commission said it would explore whether it could duplicate its "Do Not Call" anti-telemarketing registry for e-mail users. FCC Chairman Michael Powell likened spam messages to "cockroaches" and said he hoped government and private-sector efforts could "exterminate them from your electronic living room" at an agency meeting. FTC Chairman Timothy Muris, meanwhile, repeated his doubts that a do-not-spam list could work against rogue marketers who already flout the law.

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