Leahy To Hold Hearing On Satellite Television This Month, On Cable Merger In April

WASHINGTON (Wednesday, March 12, 2014) – The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing this month on the upcoming reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA).

The legislation allows cable and satellite companies to retransmit broadcast television signals and content to their customers under a statutory license, important elements of which expire this year. Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said it is critical the Committee begin discussing reauthorization so that the law can continue to serve consumers. The hearing, “Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act,” will be held on Wednesday, March 26.

Leahy also announced that the Committee will hold a hearing on Wednesday, April 2 to review the impact of the Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger on American consumers. Comcast announced last month that it was purchasing Time Warner Cable, resulting in the merger of the two dominant cable companies in the market. Leahy noted that the historic merger, and its potential impact on American consumers, requires the full attention of the Judiciary Committee.

“Millions of Americans rely on cable connectivity to receive the programs they love and to access the Internet at the fast speed needed as we conduct more of our lives online,” he said. “The pending merger is an important opportunity to examine how Americans access these valuable services as the video and online marketplace continue to evolve.”

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