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Court to DirecTV, Dish: Pay up in taxing case

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An appellate court on Wednesday ordered satellite-television companies to pay legal and other costs in a long-standing tax case they lost earlier this year. After DirecTV and Dish Network sued, the Florida Supreme Court in April decided satellite TV can be taxed at a higher rate than cable TV.

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Supreme Court OKs taxing satellite TV higher than cable

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Satellite-television service can be taxed at a higher rate than cable TV, the Florida Supreme Court decided Thursday. Satellite companies had challenged the state’s 16-year-old Communications Services Tax (CST), which now taxes cable service at 4.92 percent and satellite at 9.07 percent. Those concerns, led by DirecTV, said that difference was unconstitutional and asked for a refund. But the high court reversed the 1st District Court of Appeal’s 2-1 decision, which said that taxing the two services differently is unconstitutional. Then-1st DCA Judge Simone Marstiller, in her…

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Personnel note: Kate Wallace to Florida Cable Telecommunications Ass’n

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Kate Wallace is the new director of public affairs for The Florida Cable Telecommunications Association (FCTA), based in Tallahassee. “Our industry’s technologies are transforming from cable telecommunications providers to deliverers of streaming television, communications, connected home management and integrated security solutions,” said Brad Swanson, president of FCTA. “Wallace is joining the association at a time of rapid innovation and transformation in the internet and television industries. “As we continue to share success stories of our industry’s innovations in Florida and…

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Personnel note: Brad Swanson named president of FCTA

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Brad Swanson has been tapped to lead the Florida Cable Telecommunications Association. Derek Cooper, chair of the association’s Board of Directors, announced Thursday Swanson has accepted the position of FCTA president. “On behalf of FCTA, I am excited that we have someone of Brad’s caliber to lead the association,” said Cooper. “We welcome Brad and look forward to the dynamic energy and varied skill sets he brings to the post.” Swanson fills a vacancy created by the departure of longtime…

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Florida Supreme Court hears debate on TV tax

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Should satellite-television service be taxed at a higher rate than cable? The Florida Supreme Court heard arguments from both sides Wednesday. Satellite TV companies, including DirecTV, want the court to uphold the 1st District Court of Appeal’s 2-1 decision last year, which said that taxing the two services differently is unconstitutional. The state’s Revenue Department and Florida’s cable TV industry want it overturned. At issue is the state’s communications services tax (CST), which charges “direct-to-home satellite service” at a total rate of 11.44 percent. Cable…

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