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California won’t tax text messages

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A plan to tax text messages in California has been abandoned by state regulators.

California had hoped to add new monthly fees onto wireless customers’ bills to increase funding for programs to help bring connectivity to underserved residents, but the Federal Communications Commission ruled on Dec. 12 that text messages were an “information service” and not a “telecommunications service.”

The California Public Utilities Commission withdrew the text tax proposal, which was scheduled to be voted on by regulators on Jan. 10, after the FCC’s ruling.

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