Skip to comments.California mulls text tax on mobile messages
Posted on 12/12/2018 3:45:39 PM PST by NoLibZone
Californians may or may not type OMG at the news, but texting may soon come with an extra fee on their mobile phone bills. State regulators are weighing a tax on the popular communications tool to help fund a program that makes phone service available to low-income residents.
A texting surcharge could help sustain the Public Purpose Program budget, which has risen to $998 million in 2017 from $670 million in 2011, according to a report from the California Public Utilities Commission. Revenue from the telecom industry that funds the program has declined to $11.3 billion last year from $16.5 billion in 2011, the CPUC report stated.
"From a consumer's point of view, surcharges may be a wash, because if more surcharge revenues come from texting services, less would be needed from voice services," a CPUC spokesperson told the newspaper in a statement.
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I heard they’re working on Breath Counter oh wait there’s an App ,LOL
Liberals have found another moving target to tax.
So the mobile company will monitor your texting and add that tax to your bill?
Won’t be long before RATS tax nose boogers.
They voted for this. They got it.
How about a tax on breathing?
Wait! What? That’s what a carbon tax is?
They can ‘take it all’ and it still will not be enough.
Pitchforks & torches when?
Illegals need phones too!!111
How will they achieve this??
Now I need to clean my screen and keyboard! NOTHING from any government entity EVER reduces in cost or is kept at low cost. Increases in all fees is an inevitable outcome - see the parable of the "Camel's Nose"!
Also consider that California's implicit desire is free immigration from the Latin American countries and that they are, almost without exception, poor. Thus the need for the subsidy will be continuous. But remember, this is a double secret operation!
I am sure they all ready know exactly how many texts you send and receive.
It just of matter of billing you for them.
Jokes aside somene has to be a sick bastard to even contemplate such a thing.
Illegals need FREE phones too.
Please do it California. Lol
Carriers already are required to add taxes to fund subsidies for rural areas. There is also a lifeline program for qualifying low income people. I don't know details but programs like this exist already. Not enough for California.
In fact there used to be an excise tax the carriers had to pass long that was left over to pay for the Spanish American War. Teddy Roosevelt got it passed and it wasn't stopped until 2005!
Voting system in California is so corrupt and one-party-sided that voting there is no different than voting in the old Soviet Union.
“Voting system in California is so corrupt and one-party-sided that voting there is no different than voting in the old Soviet Union.”
The people there still voted this in and did not stop it when it started.
They didn’t even to my knowledge raise a mild protest.
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