The state regulators of California have started planning to charge test message fee for the mobile phone operators to fund various programs that will let phone service available to low income people, says the reports this Tuesday. The Commission for Public Utilities in California is going to vote for this proposal in the next month, since critics are already came out against this scheme, reports SanJose Mercury News. “This is a stupid idea”, says Jim Wunderman, Bay Area business group President. “Test messaging is the way people communicate during these days and it is like saying that taxes are going to be imposed on our daily conversations”. Some of the business groups said that new charges on text messaging could cost the mobile phone users about $44 million in a year, reports FOX 11 Los Angeles.
The charges will be applied to the messages sent five years back too, which raised many questions related to the legality of this proposal, the vice-president, Council of Bay Area, Rufus Jeffress told KNTV of Bay Area in San Francisco. This ‘alarming precedent’ may charge the bill of at least $220million for the users, reports Mercury News. The industry of wireless technology urges that such fees may put the carriers at disadvantage as competing messaging service providers like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger would not charging any kind of fees, reports FOX 11.
The people against this proposal announced that wireless users already pay to such Public Programs, which are considered as “well funded and healthy” amounting nearly $1billion in the budget, reports Mercury News. But the state regulators don’t agree with this, saying that the budget is raised by $300million over the six years, reports KNTV. The residents felt sad about those taxes, calling it as “unfair and dumb”. “I think that it is very unfair thing, especially for such people who barely can pay their mobile phone bills.”
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