Many Belltown buildings have Broadstripe for cable Internet access (the phrase “high speed” rarely applies), and those of us with automatic payment just receive an account statement each month. The monthly Broadstripe envelope is easy to ignore.
However, this month there’s a reason to open that envelope: Broadstripe issued a refund for Internet access tax which was incorrectly collected (and remitted to the City of Seattle) after the tax was discontinued. The envelope looks identical to the regular statement.
More from Seattle Office of Cable Communications meeting minutes:
Broadstripe Internet Tax: Broadstripe has submitted a refund request about $400k in Internet taxes they collected in violation of federal law and remitted to the City. We are working with Broadstripe to return the money to affected subscribers. If not all the proceeds can be returned to subscribers the Cable Office and Broadstripe will negotiate some other considerations for residents of the Broadstripe franchise area. If so, we would like assistance from CTTAB in determining what those should be. If Broadstripe reneges on its commitment to return the tax to subscribers the Cable Office will assess liquidated damages and initiate other enforcement action.