NAB Lobbies Against STELAR

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) circulated a policy paper on Capitol Hill advocating for not renewing the STELAR law (Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act) when it expires at the end of 2019. STELAR, which was last renewed in 2014, reauthorizes the satellite compulsory distant signal license for five years. The 2014 version contained cable-friendly changes to retransmission consent, including renewing the FCC’s enforcement of good faith retransmission negotiations and extending the agency’s prohibition on coordinated retrans negotiations among non-commonly owned TV stations in a market from the top four to all stations.

NAB says it expects MVPDs to push for renewal, but contends there is no justification for compelling the out-or-market carriage to broadcast affiliate-unserved homes given that that number is dropping and in all 210 markets DISH and DirecTV are providing local-into-local TV station carriage.

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