09.16.10

Leahy Applauds DISH Network Announcment Of Local TV Service In Bennington, Windham

Leahy-Authored Law Allowed Satellite TV Provider To Bring Burlington Stations To Southern Counties

THURSDAY, Sept. 16 – Prompted by legislation authored by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), DISH Network announced Thursday that it has launched its service to provide customers in Bennington and Windham counties with access to Vermont broadcast stations by satellite.

“I am pleased that DISH Network has announced that it will begin providing Vermont broadcast stations to its customers in southern Vermont,” said Leahy.  “I worked hard to ensure that DISH Network was granted this authority when Congress passed the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act earlier this year.  This provision expands consumer choice in Windham and Bennington counties.  Vermonters throughout the state should be able to receive local programming available on Vermont stations, regardless of their television provider.  With this announcement today, more Vermonters will now have access to these stations.”

In May, President Obama signed into law the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), legislation authored by Leahy to reauthorize satellite television licenses and to modernize television services.  The legislation included an incentive for DISH Network to provide local service in all 210 Designated Market Areas (DMAs) across the country, and authorized Burlington television service in Bennington and Windham.  DirecTV viewers in Vermont’s southern counties already have access to Vermont broadcast stations by satellite.

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