The decision came after the Federal Communications Commission ruled text messages are an "information service, not a telecommunications service."
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According to KABC's sister station KGO-TV's media partner The Mercury News, that's important because critics say the commission cannot impose the tax without federal officials classifying text messaging as a "telecommunications service."
Assemblyman Jim Patterson said on Twitter to consider the text tax canceled.
"You can bet I'll keep a watchful eye on the CPUC for future attempts to tax our text messages, but for now we will consider the Text Tax cancelled."
BREAKING NEWS: The CPUC has cancelled the January vote on the #TextTax! You can bet I’ll keep a watchful eye on them for future shenanigans. For now...consider the Text Tax cancelled. pic.twitter.com/PK6b4CumeK— Jim Patterson (@JimPatterson559) December 15, 2018