AT&T To Broadcast TV: Distant Signals Are Your Fault


WASHINGTON, D.C. — If there ever was a more straightforward argument as to why the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELAR) should be reauthorized, it was this: hundreds of thousands of consumers will lose access to network television programming.

Why? Broadcasters are to blame, and they’re flush with millions in cash thanks to all of the retrans fees they collect, claims a top AT&T executive.

The comments, which many broadcast TV station owners may snarl at, weren’t exactly satisfactory to Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Roger Wicker, either.

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