U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), and 10 cosponsors formally introduced the Viewer Protection Act, H.R. 3347, legislation aimed to address any funding or timing insufficiencies relating to the upcoming post-incentive auction repacking.
The Viewer Protection Act aims to ensure that full-power television broadcasters, radio stations, low power television stations, television translators and MVPDs are all covered for eligible repack expenses and authorizes an additional $1 billion to cover those collective costs. The bill also requires the FCC’s Media Bureau to modify the 39-month repack timeline where additional time is needed due to reasons outside the station’s control. Additionally, it authorizes $90 million for consumer education relating to the repack.
Michigan Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12) cosponsored the bill. The legislation has been referred to the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce.