California Abandons Plan To Tax Texts
CALIFORNIA IS DROPPING A PLAN TO TAX TEXT MESSAGING
San Francisco, CA (KGO) – California is dropping a plan to tax text messages.
State regulators say a new FCC ruling is preventing them from imposing a tax on text plans.
The state hoped to add new monthly fees onto wireless customers’ bills to increase funds for programs that bring connectivity to under-served residents.
Regulators were scheduled to vote on the measure on January 10th.
But the FCC issued a new rule December 12th, determining text messages to be an “information service” not a “telecommunications service.”