Walden Announces Bipartisan Agreement on Reauthorization of Satellite Television Law

May 6, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) today announced that a bipartisan agreement has been reached on legislation to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA).

“This agreement underscores the bipartisan commitment to advance legislation that will ensure that 1.5 million Americans in rural areas will continue to receive the satellite television services on which they rely,” said Chairman Walden. “It’s imperative that we get this legislation to the president’s desk before the end of the year, and I thank Ranking Member Anna Eshoo (D-CA) and other members of the committee for their hard work and collaboration to help make this happen. I look forward to advancing this ‘must pass’ legislation this week and its speedy approval by the full House.”

The legislation which will be voted on in the full committee markup this week, will:

  • Reauthorize the law for five years;
  • Include limitations on joint retransmission consent negotiations;
  • Provide stability to broadcasters in response to the FCC’s changes on the attribution of joint sales        agreements under the media ownership rules;
  • Eliminate the “sweeps” week prohibition on signal change; and
  • Eliminate the set-top box integration ban.

The legislation will be posted here when available.

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