YOU KNOW those annoyingly loud ring tones of pop songs that blare while you're on the bus?
Many are obtained by texting to a four-to-six digit number, what's called in the business a "short number."
These short numbers are what thousands of Americans used to vote for "American Idol," texting their vote to a special number.
Those short numbers had a recent scary moment of being censored by one of the country's largest cell providers, Verizon.
When NARAL-Pro Choice America tried to obtain its own "short code" for people to text so they could be kept up to date on an issue of importance to them, Verizon refused. The company maintained that it was policy to refuse a short code to any group which "seeks to promote an agenda or distribute content that, in its discretion, may be seen as controversial or unsavory to any of our users."