SACRAMENTO - California state regulators have been working on a plan to tax text messaging and use the funds to make phone service more accessible to low-income residents.
The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote on the proposal next month, which would likely impose a flat fee as a surcharge at the bottom of your bill, not take a per-text percentage, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Critics have already come out against the scheme.
“It’s a dumb idea,” Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Council business group, told the paper. “This is how conversations take place in this day and age, and it’s almost like saying there should be a tax on the conversations we have.”
While the amount that consumers would be expected to pay remained unclear, some business groups are saying the new charges could cost wireless users more than $44 million a year, FOX11 Los Angeles reported.