A proposal to streamline telecommunications taxes is moving quickly through the Florida state Legislature and, if passed, could mean higher levies for many businesses that rely heavily on telecommunications services.

The legislation is designed to ensure that all telecommunications providers — telephone, cable and satellite services — pay the same state and local government tariffs. At the moment, those taxes are applied differently to the three segments of the industry. The end result of a proposal now making its way through the Florida Legislature would have some telecommunications subscribers paying taxes they didn’t pay before.

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