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Texts are like emails, not phone calls. Duh.
[Posted by Adam Forrest on Thursday, 12/13/18 6:25 pm] [Full Blog] [Tweet This]

A few days ago, it was announced that the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) was to propose a new tax on people who send texts.

Knowing it's technically impossible to apply a tax individually to every text, the CPUC is instead proposing a monthly fee based on a cell phone bill that includes any fees for text-message services.


The new proposed California texts surcharge is being vehemently opposed by cell phone industry groups and the cell phone companies. The CPUC plans to vote on the proposal on January 10.

But, not so fast! Only a few days later, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has thrown a monkey wrench into the CPUC's plans.

Today, the FCC approved a new rule that classifies text messages as an "information service" like email. It's now being argued legally that if texts are an information service, and not a telecommunications service (like phone calls), then the CPUC doesn't have authority over them and can't add on surcharges for them.

Merry Christmas, everyone in California who has thumbs!


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