The Utah Senate rejected a bill Tuesday that would have given a small break to cable TV customers and put cable and satellite subscribers on the same footing.
Satellite companies have been exempted by Congress from paying local franchise fees. Cable companies have not, meaning cable subscribers pay an additional fee of about $3 or $4 a month to their city or town.
SB112, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Niederhauser, R-Sandy, would provide a rebate to those customers to offset the tax. But it would have cost the state $6.7 million a year to offset the tax cut without taking the money from local governments.