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Congress Begs Telecom for One Last Chance to Text for Cash

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Two of the big telecom companies are hitting pause on new texting rules that campaigns and advocacy groups say could cut off their most effective communications channel to reach voters, provide accurate voting information, and carry out public advocacy campaigns following pressure from Congress.

In a letter sent earlier this month and obtained by The Daily Beast, 13 Democratic senators asked the CEOs of T-Mobile and AT&T to hold off on any new texting rules until after upcoming elections in November, in order to “give us all time to dialogue on the unintended consequences we see by these industry decisions.”

Translation: don’t cut off fundraising and campaign organizing right before election day.

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