Anti-Wi-Fi advocate: Telecom fee is an ‘unlawful tax’

Arthur Firstenberg

Anti-Wi-Fi crusader Arthur Firstenberg wants a judge to overturn a new franchise fee levied by the city of Santa Fe against telecommunications service providers, who will pass the cost onto their customers.

Firstenberg asserts that the fee, which the City Council adopted in November, amounts to an “unlawful tax.”

“A municipality may only assess such a tax upon a majority vote of the electorate, unless otherwise authorized by law,” Firstenberg wrote in a complaint filed in state District Court.



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