California text tax: New FCC ruling could block proposed text messaging tax

Posted: 11:33 AM, Dec 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-13 14:33:42-05
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — A new FCC ruling may block a proposal to tax text messages in California . The way it classifies texts could kill the tax.

Wednesday night, the FCC classified text messaging services as "information services" rather than "telecommunications services."

MORE: California wants to tax your text messages.

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.

Story courtesy of KABC .