Streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu and Max could be looking at a new tax in Maine. The bill LD 1967, has passed the Maine Senate with bipartisan support.
The bill would require any company that uses a town’s poles and wires to transmit their programming to have a franchise agreement.
Opponents stress that the bill would drive up streaming costs for Mainers.
According to WGME, Representative Melanie Sachs (D-Freeport) says the fees would be up to the town to set and that there are protections in place so that subscribers wouldn’t see higher streaming costs.
Read bill LD 1967 HERE!
Maine is considering a tax on Netflix and other streaming services for tapping into the lines and poles that bring you some of your favorite shows.https://t.co/zHlG092QjJ
— CBS 13 News (@WGME) January 26, 2024