The California Public Services Commission withdrew from the agenda for its January meeting, setting a vote on a tax on text messaging.
This step comes after the Federal Communications Commission in Washington announced that text messaging was an "information service" rather than a telecommunication service and was therefore not subject to an additional fee under California law
"Prior to this FCC decision, "CPUC writes in a statement posted on Twitter," text messages are not a classified service under federal law. "In the light of the action of the FCC, the statement said," commissioner Carla J. Peterman has withdrawn from e at the CPUC meeting on January 1
The CPUC plan is to uses the proposed text tax to help subsidize the country's rural telecommunication service as well as its low-income and disabled people
. the committee explained why it considered that the tax was necessary. He highlights the declining revenues from the telecommunications industry over the past six years – a decline of nearly $ 5 million.
It was not clear from the CPUC statement whether the group has an alternative plan to finance these initiatives
Jim Patterson, a former Republican ex-mayor of Fresno, who now represents 23 – a region of state state assembly, was among those who welcomed the CPUC's decision to cancel the vote.
"You can bet that I will watch them closely for future shingings," Patterson wrote on Twitter. "So far … think the text has been canceled."
Before that, Patterson described the text of the tax plan as "a scandalous attempt to hold money from Californian families."
The CPUC claims that revenues for its subsidy programs are down while consumers are shifting from traditional telecommunication services to text messaging, said FOX 11 in Los Angeles