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User Info: ManBeast462

3 months ago#1

California's Public Utilities Commission is considering a plan that would charge mobile phone users a fee for sending text messages, according to recent public law filings.

The proposal is partially due to landline-era legislation coupled with the fact the people are shifting patterns away from voice calls in favor of texting.

California is determining whether surcharges and user fees on text messaging comply with Public Purpose Programs, which use tax revenue to make telecommunications services accessible to low-income residents. The programs, which date to the 1930s, were given a face-lift in the late 1990s, allowing individual states to impose requirements to preserve what's referred to as a "universal service."

During the rise of the internet, the telecommunications industry was able to elude these taxes by offering "information services" like email and web browsing.

However, as mobile phone users shifted their behavior away from making phone calls, voice call revenue for these state programs has dropped by about a third, from $16.5 billion in 2011 to $11.3 billion in 2017, according to law filings.

The wireless industry argues added fees would put carriers at a higher disadvantage since messaging services like Apple's iMessage, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger would not be charged under the proposed legislation.

Now I’m all for helping the low income, but this is literally a ‘tax your feet’ deal.

I don’t approve.
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User Info: JaeredMack

3 months ago#2
No. This is so stupid. No matter how it is instituted, it is going to passed on to the consumer and hurt the people it's aiming to help.

Almost unfathomable how idiotic this is.
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User Info: Im_JustMe0129

3 months ago#3
Liberals and their cute little taxes that go nowhere.

User Info: OctoPop

3 months ago#4
You know how there's a massive Exodus of middle-class people out of California? Well, if this happens I will join them and then leave the state to be full of nothing but extremely poor and extremely rich people
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