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Old 12-13-2018, 10:51 AM #1
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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.

Meanwhile, the budget for subsidizing poorer users has risen by almost half, from $670 million in 2011 to $998 million in 2017, the filings said.

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.

The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, a trade organization that represents the U.S. wireless communications industry, said in legal filings to the California commission that it has "repeatedly" demonstrated that text messaging is, in fact, an information service.

"Subjecting wireless carriers’ text messaging traffic to surcharges that cannot be applied to the lion’s share of messaging traffic and messaging providers is illogical, anticompetitive and harmful to consumers," CTIA said in the filings.

While state regulators aren't scheduled to vote on the proposal until next month, wireless customers have taken to social media to express their concerns about the bill.

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Old 12-13-2018, 10:54 AM #2
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That's the job of the phone carriers ****ing Commiefornia. It's like the people in charge there are JUST retarded. In what universe does this sound okay to do?
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:00 AM #3
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California wants to tax everything.

And the dumbass voters would vote for it too.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:12 AM #4
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Im waiting on California to begin taxing people how many times a day they use the bathroom. A dollar a flush, if your house registers 5 flushes per day thats $5.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:14 AM #5
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Tax air. A cent for every breath people take, how about that, you fucking idiots?
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:20 AM #6
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Apparently people get charged for receiving texts from others. What kind of bullshít is that?
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:26 AM #7
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Tax air. A cent for every breath people take, how about that, you fucking idiots?
Don't give them any ideas.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:41 AM #8
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Im waiting on California to begin taxing people how many times a day they use the bathroom. A dollar a flush, if your house registers 5 flushes per day thats $5.
Water is taxed highly by all cities in Ca. There are 6 of us (2 adults, 2 teens, & 2 kids) in my home and my average water bill is $120 a month.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:52 AM #9
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Water is taxed highly by all cities in Ca. There are 6 of us (2 adults, 2 teens, & 2 kids) in my home and my average water bill is $120 a month.
Thats what I would pay for 4-5 months.
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Old 12-13-2018, 11:55 AM #10
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Thats what I would pay for 4-5 months.
CRAZY! I do have a large family, our washer is constantly running and because of gym/sports each Epsom salt baths are daily but I still think my water bill is ridiculous.
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