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Topic: STELA

Dems and GOP Reach Compromise on Reauthorization of Satellite Bill

House commerce expected to approve on Thursday

A bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, which ensures that 1.5 million rural cable subscribers will be able to receive programming from all the TV networks,…

NAB's Gordon Smith Is Confident He Can Turn Things Around in Washington

Can broadcasting compete with the Internet?

Broadcasters are having a tough time in Washington. A number of efforts are aimed straight at the business from the FCC's recent decision to tighten ownership rules and claw bag…

House Subcommittee Sends Reauthorization of Satellite Bill to Full Committee

GOP and Dems worked out differences except on joint sales agreements

With a few tweaks, the House communications and technology subcommittee advanced a bill that reauthorizes the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act for five years. The bill now goes to…

Dems Find Fault With Draft to Reauthorize Satellite Bill

Politics could derail proposal

A proposed bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, or Stela for short, may please broadcasters, cable and satellite companies, but politics on the communications and technology…

Broadcasters Quash Proposal to Change Basic Tier Rule [Updated]

Draft bill won't kick broadcasters off

Update: Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the communications and technology subcommittee, on Thursday released a discussion draft to reauthorize the law that allows satellite providers to carry distant TV signals…

Broadcasters Howl Over Proposed Changes to Carriage Rules

Add-ons could kick them off basic cable tier

Broadcasters are girding for a knock-down drag-out fight over a parade of horribles that might be added to the reauthorization of a little-known cable law commonly known as "Stela." The…

Retrans Reform Advocates Pin Hopes On Satellite Bill

Hearings next week present two days of opportunity

Retransmission reform advocates think they've got an opening to convince Congress it's time to change the law that leads to blackouts like the one between CBS and Time Warner Cable…

Hearing on Satellite TV Act Turns Into State of Video Hearing

Should the video marketplace be completely deregulated?

A hearing on a 25-year-old law law governing whether or not satellite TV services can carry out-of-market signals quickly broadened into a discussion on the state of video. “I’m open to…

House Subcommittee Starts to Review Communications Laws

Hearing is first of many exploring decades-old legislation

A House subcommittee today took its first, small step toward opening the legal can of worms that comprise the nation’s communications laws, holding a hearing on a 25-year law that…

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