The Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee has held hearings on the “Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act” (STELA). The draft legislation, which would reauthorize the law for five years, includes:
— Limitations on joint retransmission consent negotiations in conjunction with limitations on FCC action on broadcaster shared services arrangements;
–The elimination of the “sweeps” week prohibition on signal changes; and
— The elimination of the set-top box integration ban.
The good news is the draft no longer includes a provision that would have given MVPDs the option to not include broadcast stations in their basic tiers. This, after House Republicans reportedly decided to drop the measure.
Here’s the opening statement of Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden: