National Advocacy and Labor Groups Urge Washington Leaders to Take a Stand Against Excessive 10DLC Restrictions Introduced by AT&T and T-Mobile
Dear President Biden, Vice President Harris, Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Chairman Luján, and Chairman Doyle,
We write to bring your urgent attention to a set of pending regulations introduced by AT&T and T-Mobile called 10 Digit Long Code. This product — similarly known as 10DLC — will hinder the use of peer-to-peer text messaging by imposing restrictions on who organizations can text, limits how many texts organizations can send, fines organizations for non-compliance, and increases fees per message.
Though AT&T and T-Mobile claim 10DLC is intended to reduce unwanted text messages, these restrictions in actuality will quash grassroots advocacy, labor union organizing, and progressive movement building.
Moreover, these restrictions will limit the ability of advocacy nonprofits and labor unions to effectively communicate with their membership on local, state, and national levels to deliver urgent calls to action. Advocacy groups fighting on the frontlines of democracy would not be permitted to text constituents with pertinent information detailing where and how to vote. As communities continue to navigate the complexities of COVID-19, 10DLC would prevent local governments from texting residents with key updates on vaccinations.
While the texts from large multinational corporations are afforded special fast lanes by 10DLC, the texts from nonprofits and civic groups — more likely to operate in underserved minority and rural communities — will be heavily suppressed.
The signers of this letter collectively believe that peer-to-peer text messaging plays a fundamental role in activating everyday Americans by empowering organizations and nonprofits to bring advocacy directly to the people. Peer-to-peer text messaging delivers democracy promptly to individuals in communities where high-touch outreach may be difficult.
Moreover, this innovative form of communication has changed the political landscape in progressive campaigns and bolstered countless grassroots activists and organizations to promote equitable policies. Equally important, peer-to-peer texting is an essential method for labor unions to communicate with their memberships and organize new workplaces against oppressive management practices.
After four years of Donald Trump and his destructive policies, now is not the time to stifle the voice of American workers and obstruct the ongoing work of grassroots activists across the country. We strongly urge AT&T and T-Mobile to reconsider the damage that 10DLC will cause. We are also calling on leaders in Washington to exercise your executive and legislative authority to defend citizen engagement and call on AT&T and T-Mobile to reverse these restrictions.
With the decisive first 100 days of the new Biden administration underway, grassroots mobilization will play a fundamental role in shaping policy agendas and future elections. Our nation must harness this energy, not allow 10DLC to suppress it. There is simply too much at stake and too much work to be done.
Yours in service,
Ronald Newman, American Civil Liberties Union
Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers
Kimi Lee, Bay Rising
Nick Guthman, Blue Future
Campaign Workers Guild
Valerie Morales, Carolina Federation
Andrea Miller, Center for Common Ground
Jennifer Epps-Addison, Center for Popular Democracy
Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson, Children’s Defense Fund
Rosemary Rivera, Citizen Action of New York
Robert Kraig, Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Mary Metzmeier, Communities United for Action
Kate Kahan, Community Change Action
Bob Fertik, Democrats.com LLC
A’shanti Gholar, Emerge America
Fran Hutchins, Equality Federation
Rev. Alvin Herring, Faith in Action
Katy Kiefer, Food & Water Watch
Amy Everitt, Golden State Opportunity
Tamara Levenson, Grassroots Democrats HQ
Adrienne Lowry, Greenpeace
Glynda Carr, Higher Heights for America
Justin Vest, Hometown Action
Adolfo Solorio, Living United for Change in Arizona
Jesse Graham, Maine People’s Alliance
Andrea Pringle, March On
Ken Whittaker, Michigan People’s Campaign
Caitlyn Adams, Missouri Jobs with Justice
Billy Wimsatt, Movement Voter Project
Erica Mauter, MoveOn
Ilyse Hogue, NARAL Pro-Choice America
Rev. Al Sharpton, National Action Network
Brian Silva, National Equality Action Team (NEAT)
Derrick Johnson, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
David Johns, National Black Justice Coalition
Don Calloway, National Voter Protection Action Fund
Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, New Hampshire Youth Movement
Melody Lopez, New York Civic Engagement Table
Lillie Catlin, NextGen America
Kayla Calkin, NRDC Action Fund
Liz Suk, Oakland Rising
Melissa Rubio, OneAmerica
Jennifer Ritter, ONE Northside
Hannah Burton Laurison, PA Stands Up
Carlos Vera, Pay Our Interns Action
James Bradach, People’s Action
Will Tanzman, The People’s Lobby
Alexis McGill Johnson, Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Sally Roberts Wilson, Rise Up WV
Emily Lee, San Francisco Rising
Kelly Holleran, Sierra Club
Lala Wu, Sister District
Christina Harvey, Stand Up America
Jasy Lata, Sunrise Movement
Adrienne Evans, United Action for Idaho
Terrysa Guerra, United for Respect
Debra Cleaver, VoteAmerica
Maurice Mitchell, Working Families Party
Derecka Mehrens, Working Partnerships USA
Jesse Barba, Young Invincibles
Cc: T-Mobile & AT&T
*More signers will be added to this official letter as support for this progressive movement continues to build momentum. So stay tuned! And please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if your organization is interested in joining.