On January 25, 2024, the New York State Supreme Court Appellate Division ruled against the taxpayer, finding that the taxpayer’s equipment did not qualify for exclusion from real property tax. Taxpayer, SLIC Network Solutions, provides internet, telephone and cable television services via fiber-optic cables to customers throughout New York State. Under the State’s real property

The New York Appellate Division ruled that telecommunication companies’ fiber optic cables do not qualify for a property tax exemption for such property that transmits radio and television signals. (New York Real Property Tax Law, §102(12)(i)(D).) The New York Court of Appeals had previously ruled in T-Mobile Northeast LLC v. DeBellis (December 13, 2018) that