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Ban on bulk SMS, MMS extended till October 1

Earlier on September 22, all bulk messages were banned with immediate effect for 72 hours. On September 24, the ban was further extended till today.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs has issued orders to all telecom service providers in the country that all bulk SMS and all bulk MMS messages shall remain banned in all service areas till October 01, 2010.
Earlier on September 22, all bulk messages were banned with immediate effect for 72 hours. On September 24, the ban was further extended till today.
The decision is said to be a precautionary measure to prevent misuse of the technology to fuel communal violence, ahead of the Ayodhya land dispute verdict.
The ban will not impact individual SMSs sent between mobile subscribers. However, various essential messaging services including alerts from banks, financial institutions, railways, airlines etc. have been blocked.

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