Satellite companies and their business customers are fighting an Illinois legislative proposal backed by cable companies that would levy a 5% tax on monthly bills. The measure, which has passed the state's Senate, will most likely come before the House in the spring, legislative leaders said. DIRECTV Senior Vice President of Government Relations Andrew Reinsdorf accused cable companies of trying to raise rates on a rival, noting that governments charge the fees to cable operators as "rent" for using local rights-of-way that satellite operators do not need. "It's particularly pernicious for rural Illinois, where cable sometimes doesn't even deign to go," Reinsdorf added.
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