/// Broadcasters Howl Over Proposed Changes to Carriage Rules

February 28, 2014  |  Media Week

Broadcasters are girding for a knock-down drag-out fight over a parade of horribles that might be added to the reauthorization of a little-known cable law commonly known as “Stela.” The add-ons currently being negotiated between House GOP members on the commerce committee could change the rules of retransmission consent negotiations and result in broadcasters being knocked off basic cable tiers. Stela—the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act—allows satellite operators Dish and DirecTV to carry network affiliate stations from outside subscribers' markets when subscribers in the market can't pick up the local signals over-the-air. The law also grants the Federal Communications Commission authority to make sure that retransmission consent deals are negotiated in good faith. For retrans reform advocates, Stela presented the perfect opportunity to change the law.

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