Texting From Your Cell Phone Could Cost You More In California

Texting From Your Cell Phone Could Cost You More In California 

Texting from your cell phone could cost you more in California if a new fee is approved by state regulators.  The money’s raised through the new fee would go toward phone services for the poor.  The proposal is scheduled for a vote next month by the state Public Utilities Commission.  The commission is deliberating whether to tack on a text messaging flat fee with the money raised, which could total about $44.5 million, going to phone accessible services for those in need.  An exact amount consumers would pay wireless carriers is unclear, but it will likely be billed as a flat surcharge — not a fee per text.  The wireless industry and business groups have been working to defeat the plan.  They argue that the state commission lacks legal grounds for doing so.  A report from the CPUC argues the fee is needed because the revenue generated currently from wireless carriers is not enough to cover the current $998 million budget for the Public Purpose Program.

Written by KVGC Staff

 

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