It has been reported that one large wireless carrier is planning to implement new fees on businesses which use text messaging to stay in touch with customers.
The following statement is attributed to Harold Feld, legal director of Public Knowledge:
“These charges represent a ‘market-power’ tax on every business that uses text messaging. We expect that other carriers will soon follow suit.
“There is no indication that the cost that any carrier charges aggregators and mobile service providers to send messages reflects the actual costs of transmission. Similarly, there is no indication that a cost increase reflects any increase of the cost to transmit the message.