Are House Democrats Set To Sunset ‘STELAR’?


PHOENIX — The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, or “STELAR,” has attracted much attention from legislators on both sides of Capitol Hill in recent weeks.

Congressional debate over the law’s expiration led the NAB in late April to respond to what it calls “non-answers” from the nation’s two direct broadcast satellite (DBS) providers, DirecTV, owned by AT&T, and DISH Network.

This followed the late March action by Maine’s two Senators to formally express their concern about the reauthorization of STELAR, and its distant signal provisions.

Now, two key Democrats on the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee are ready to take on the future of STELAR.

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