Get taxed for texting in California

In September, California passed a state-wide law banning the automatic distribution of plastic straws with beverages. This ban was put in place because plastic straws are thought to be a menace to the environment as it makes up 80% of marine-debris. Now we have people finding alternatives such as reusable, stainless steel straws.

With the environment officially saved, California has moved on to its next topic: cell phone texting.

According to the Associated Press, California is considering a plan to charge a fee for text messaging on mobile phones. The reasoning behind this program is to help support programs that make phone service accessible to the poor. The proposal is expected to be voted upon next month.

“Its a dumb idea.”
– Jim Wunderman, president of the Bay Area Concil business-sponsored advocacy group

California plans on making the fee a flat surcharge rather than on a fee-per-text basis. I feel like this could open up business models such as paying $20 for unlimited texts a month or something like that… what year is it again? Another question left to be answered is: does this only apply to SMS or are we going to tax Over-the-Top communications apps like WhatsApp?


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