Associated Press

COLUMBUS: The U.S. Supreme Court wonít revisit whether Ohio was fair in imposing a sales tax on satellite TV companies that didnít apply to cable competitors.

On Wednesday, the court rejected a request by DirecTV Inc. and Echostar Satellite Corp. to review the Ohio Supreme Courtís 2010 decision to uphold the nine-year-old tax.

The satellite companiesí basic legal argument was that subjecting them and not their cable competitors to the 5.5 percent sales tax violated their rights to interstate commerce, because their companies operate between states and cable companies operate within them.

Ohio justices rejected that argument in 2010, allowing collection of roughly $44 million a year to continue.

Lawyers for the state argued cable operators pay fees satellite companies donít, and both industries have in-state and out-of-state operations.