Former Virginia Republican State Senate Candidate and online mass marketer Jason Flanary is asking the Federal Communications Commission to whitelist "political messaging" (or spam as many who receive it but don't want it call it) or declare bulk messaging and email as general protected free speech. He is doing this under the idea that limiting messaging is a violation of his free speech rights and net neutrality rules.
Flanary is the chief operating officer of ccAdvertising, a company that in the past has specialized in political text messages. He got the attention of many who received text messages during the 2012 election cycle when he sent messages like:
"Obama believes killing children is a right until the umbilical cord is cut."
His argument to the FCC is that it should be illegal for private businesses to block or discriminate messages they might categorize as spam. Many phone carriers blocked ccAdvertising after its election year text campaign raised the ire of subscribers who did not appreciate the texts they were receiving. But Flanary claims that, by blocking those messages, carriers violated net neutrality laws.
It is an unusual claim to the FCC considering that most Republicans generally oppose the net neutrality rules crafted by the FCC. Apparently Flanary is the exception to that rule…