Satellite bill would nix broadcast TV


U.S. CongressAn upcoming bill, the reauthorization of the 2010 cable law commonly known as STELA—the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act—from Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee would make some changes to the current video marketplace, according a story from The Hill. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the House Commerce subcommittee on Communications, had indicated in the past that he wanted to pass a clean bill to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, which governs the video marketplace, including negotiations between broadcasters and cable and satellite companies.

Despite those indications, the committee is currently working on a bill that would allow MVPDs to sell basic programming packages that do not include broadcast channels.

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