California Text Message Tax

The AP had a story yesterday about California considering a text message tax: https://apnews.com/1380651d8c02474fb1c7d7831213a991

Text messages have gone from a major cost driver to virtually non-existent on enterprise bills. Texts get bundled with plans and given away for free. Of course, we’re texting more than ever. 

The AP story describes the hypothetical tax as a flat fee (most likely). If so, it would look more like an E911 charge that is common in most jurisdictions – which solves that pesky problem of getting 10% of the text part of your plan that is zero dollars.

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