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California considering taxing TEXT MESSAGES

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https://www.nbc4i.com/news/u-s-world/california-considering-text-message-tax/1654903666

SACRAMENTO, CA (NBC NEWS) -- California residents may soon have to pay a tax on texting.

According to KNTV, the public utilities commission is floating the idea to help fund programs that give low-income residents access to cell phones.

It's not clear how much the texting tax would be or how it would be collected.

Several business groups have come out against the proposal.

One business group says the program is flush with cash.

But state regulators say the program is breaking the bank after the budget for the program has been raised 300 million dollars in six years.

The wireless industry says the texting tax would put them at a disadvantage over other free messaging services like Whatsapp, Facebook messenger, Apple's i-Message and others.
 

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But everyone should get off sms/mms unless really needed...its a shitty platform and is outdated.

Also its stupid easy to get around this
 

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Until Google makes RCS a thing ALL carries use..we're stuck with SMS....its very hard to get anyone to switch to something like whatsapp, for example.
 

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I've been getting people to switch to Signal. Encrypted peer-2-peer data based chat with sms/mms as a fallback built in. All open source and not taking other metadata like Whatsapp does (thanks Facebook) Its silly to use sms nowadays when everyone has data access. It sucks in general to send anything... especially confidential information, over sms.

Sms/mms is PLAIN FUCKING TEXT...anything you send CAN be read by anyone with access to the cell providers system. It also has low sending limits, downgrades pictures and can barely send videos...which it also downgrades...
 

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Ya well....again, for us android peasants....until RCS becomes the norm, we're fucked. none of my frends are gonna add yet ANOTHER chat app. ive tried.
 

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My wife and I casually use Google Hangout to chat via IM. As others have said, there are too many ways of getting around this . It seems like this would be a futile attempt.

So when did having a cell phone become a right and not a privilege? It's ridiculous these days that everything is becoming a right because other people have access to it.
 

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When will they start programs to give middle class people access to Ferrari's?
 

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Ya well....again, for us android peasants....until RCS becomes the norm, we're fucked. none of my frends are gonna add yet ANOTHER chat app. ive tried.
its not another app... you can uninstall any sms app after.

its SMS/MMS/Encrypted P2P
 

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The important thing is that disadvantaged people, especially immigrants and American poor will be able to have the new iPhone without getting a bill.

Isn't that something worth paying a small tax for?

Small tax on your giant bill, I mean.
 

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When the people in Chicago get really pissed off about their taxes, at least California exists to show them that it can be worse.
 

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They should tax the air we breathe, fuck it
 

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