First Draft of STELA Reauthorization Released
House Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) released the first discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). The subcommittee will discuss the draft legislation at a hearing on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Thank you to everyone who called and emailed the Michigan Congressmen on the House Communication and Technology Subcommittee!

Background on Draft Legislation - copy of the draft is available here.

The draft legislation contains the following:
  • The elimination of the set-top box integration ban.
  • Does not eliminate the cable basic tier requirement.
  • Renews the distant signal license and the good faith negotiating/prohibition on exclusive contracts provisions for 5 years.
  • Prohibits two stations in the same market from jointly negotiating retrans consent unless (1) the stations are co-owned by the same entity for purposes of the FCC's duopoly rule or (2) the MVPD consents to joint negotiations.
  • Prohibits the FCC from modifying its rules to treat SSAs, JSAs, LMAs, etc. as attributable under the duopoly rule until the FCC addresses all of the media ownership rules in a quadrennial review proceeding and closes the 2010 quadrennial review proceeding.
  • Eliminates the prohibition on cable systems dropping stations during sweeps periods.
Read an article from Bloomberg Technology here.

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