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California regulators want to tax text messages to increase funds for programs that bring connectivity to underserved residents.
A new surcharge proposed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) wouldn’t be a per-text tax, but a monthly fee based on a cellular bill that includes any fees for text-message services. Most carriers offer a flat fee option for texting, and already charge a similar fee for other services included in the bill — such as phone calls. The exact structure of the charge would vary from carrier to carrier.
Source: CNN Technology News
Date: December 13th, 2018
Discussion
1) Is it fair to “tax text messages to increase funds for programs that bring connectivity to underserved residents”?
2) Why do think California is targeting text messages for this tax?

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