A tax on texting? Yep, that could be a reality soon in the state of California.
According to documents filed by the Public Utilities Commission, a tax on text messages proposed by Commissioner Carla J. Peterman would help fund programs "necessary to preserve and advance universal [phone] service under the federal Communications Act of 1934 [the Act].
The proposal says revenue for voice calls has dropped over the years since people don't talk on the phones much like before, so this proposal would help to collect more money for public programs that provide phone services for low-income residents.
According to the report, the tax would most likely be a flat fee added to a monthly bill versus a per text tax.