California text tax: New FCC ruling could block proposed text messaging tax
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According to KABC's sister station KGO-TV's media partner The Mercury News, that's important because critics say the commission cannot impose the tax without federal officials classifying text messaging as a "telecommunications service."
The California Public Utilities Commission has proposed extending an existing tax to text messages to fund programs which help the poor.