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Spain’s Supreme Court has dismissed appeals against the law which forces telcos in the country to help fund the public broadcaster, RTVE.

tribunal supremo 19 june 2017Appeals filed by the Asociación Española de Operadores de Telecomunicaciones (REDTEL), DTS, Telefónica de España, Cable Europa, SAU and Tenaria have been all rejected.

The Supreme Court’s decision ratifies the so-called telco tax, the 0.9% of the telcos’ yearly income that finances RTVE. In fact, since advertising was banned from the public broadcaster in 2010, telcos have become the largest provider of external income to RTVE.

The law also imposed a tax of 1.5% for pay-TV operators, a sector that almost every telco has entered in recent years.

The telcos asked the law to be scrapped as they believe it is contrary to Spain’s constitution and the European Union’s legal framework. The Supreme Court was the last stage of appeal within the Spanish legal system.