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    New Jersey Bans Annoying, Possibly Costly, Unsolicited Text Ads
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    New Jersey is taking steps to shield consumers from unsolicited text ads.

    Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday signed into law a bill that seeks to help consumers avoid unnecessary cellphone charges.

    The law requires a recipient to give permission to receive advertising.

    Phone companies also are required to allow customers to block all incoming and outgoing text messages if they could incur charges or a deduction in their usage allocation.

    Violators would face a fine of up to $500 for the first offense and $1,000 each time after.

    However, they won't be penalized if they can prove it was an isolated message that was sent no more than once in a 12-month period.