Texas city ponders cellphone tax
One U.S. city doesn't seem to think people pay enough on their cellphone bills – or maybe it's the other way around.
Since so many people are getting rid of their traditional landlines and just having a cellphone as their main phone, El Paso, TX, is having a tough time collecting enough money to pay for operations at its 911 call centre.
But as KFOX14 reports, that revenue source has been dwindling just as users left MySpace.
To make up for the loss in revenue, they're considering a $0.25 charge on cellphone bills to help pay for the emergency dispatch centre.
The decrease in the use of landlines is also affecting others as well. Companies that do polling and surveys would often rely on landline phone directories – but are instead finding other ways to carry out their operations.
Here in Canada, many of us already have a 911 charge on our bills.