At the end of 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission introduced a plan to impose a tax on text messages. Such a tax would have been the first of its kind in the nation.

 

A tax on texting! Are you kidding me?

 

CPUC’s plan to tax text messages was going to be voted on in January, but the agency was pressured by the California public and the Federal Communications Commission to pull the plan.

 

In order to make sure the CPUC doesn’t try this again, I have co-authored Assembly Bill 162 with Assemblyman Kevin Kiley. AB 162 would prohibit the CPUC from collecting any revenue on communications classified as an information service by the FCC.

 

It also would bar the CPUC from an end around if they try imposing a tax on any text by calling it a “utility reimbursement fee.”