The California Public Utilities Commission, under the leadership of Commissioner Peterman, recently proposed a California-only “text tax”. The CPUC is considering the placement of text messaging under Public Purpose Program surcharges and user fees. These increased charges would act as a de-facto tax, raising the cost for wireless consumers including the many businesses that utilize these forms of informational exchange.
BizFed is committed to lifting 1 Million Angelenos out of poverty in the next 10 years. This action by the CPUC would drive more LA County residents into poverty by both raising wireless bills and increasing the cost of business. We are requesting that you ask the CPUC to not put additional hardship on the most vulnerable.
The following is the direct scope of work determined by Commissioner Peterman and the CPUC:
This rulemaking motion would be the first step toward a “text tax”, with additional mechanisms identified if passed. We hope to stop this now before it moves any further, but we will have to be vigilant in continuing the fight if it goes forward.
You must submit letters by Friday December 7th