12.16.09

Comment On Two-Month Extension Of The Distant Signal Satellite License

Senate and House leaders have included a two-month extension of the distant signal satellite license in the Department of Defense appropriations bill. The extension will allow Windham and Bennington counties in Vermont to continue to receive Burlington stations through DirecTV.

"While Senate and House leaders were not able to reach an agreement to pass a long-term extension of the law governing the retransmission of broadcast signals, I am pleased that Congress will provide for a two-month extension of this important legislation. Because of this extension, Americans across the country will not lose their ability to watch college bowl games at home on January 1.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the Satellite Television Modernization Act to the full Senate in September. There should be no reason the Senate cannot act on this bipartisan, consensus legislation early next year, and I look forward to working with the Senate Majority Leader to schedule its consideration."

In September, Leahy introduced the bipartisan Satellite Television Modernization Act to reauthorize the expiring statutory licenses that permit satellite providers to retransmit broadcast stations to consumers. The Senate Judiciary Committee advanced the legislation to the full Senate on September 24. A Committee report was filed on October 28.

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