California Proposes a Tax on Texting

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California Proposes a Tax

Don’t hit that send button yet! If you live in California, you may have to pay a state-wide text tax. Possibly as soon as next month.

The CPUC (Californian Public Utilities Commission) drafted the proposal as a way to help fund different phone services. This includes 911 and subsidized rates for poor residents. Although it’s not a per-text tax, if it gets passed you can expect a seven percent surcharge on your monthly texting rates.

According to CNN, the CPUC expects to vote January 10, 2019. However, the bill might already be dead in the water. The CTIA, which represents companies AT&T and T-Mobile, argues that the bill violates federal law. How? Well, yesterday the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) ruled that text messages were an information service. Because of this, only the FCC can authorize surcharges on text messaging, something they haven’t done.

Guess we’ll have to wait and see.

What do you think? Do you support this bill? You willing to pay more on your phone bill to help the poor? For more news and updates on this story, keep it locked to hypefresh.co!

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