National Association of Broadcasters

Television Legislative and Regulatory Issues

Congress Should Reject Microsoft's Spectrum Grab

Microsoft is lobbying Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for free spectrum – or airwaves – to operate unlicensed devices. Microsoft claims this would unlock broadband for rural America, but fails to mention it will do so at the expense of rural Americans’ lifeline local TV service.
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Narrow Satellite Legislation Should Expire as Congress Intended

The growth of the satellite TV business, advancements in technology and private business agreements that exist in the media marketplace, have rendered the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) unnecessary. The law is currently set to expire at the end of 2019. Broadcasters support its expiration.
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Ensure Viewers and Listeners Keep Access to Programming Delivered Through C-band Satellite Operations

The C-band is a strip of satellite spectrum that radio and TV stations use every day to receive critical content for their broadcasts. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is considering transferring some or all of that spectrum to wireless companies for new services, which could impact the programming listeners and viewers rely upon.
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Broadcasters Seek Flexibility in Meeting Children's TV Programming Needs

The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) current children's television programming rules (sometimes referred to as "kid vid") are outdated and ineffective. While failing to serve the needs of children, they also undermine local broadcast stations' ability to meet viewers' programming demands. These rules should be updated to better reflect today's marketplace and children's engagement with video content.
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Allow Broadcasters to Continue Negotiating in the Free Market

In a response to growing complaints about poor cable service and high rates, Congress passed the 1992 Cable Act, which intended to curb cable rates that were excessively increasing and far outpacing inflation. The Act also included the right for local television broadcasters to negotiate with cable in a free market for use of their signals (known as retransmission consent).
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Ensure that Broadcast Ownership Rules Reflect the Competitive Marketplace

The internet has transformed the media marketplace, yet TV and radio broadcasters are still subject to outdated rules restricting the number and type of outlets they may own. Policymakers should support the continued modernization of these rules to account for the rise, and increasing influence, of digital media.
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The Next Generation of Broadcast Television is on the Horizon

The next generation of broadcast television technology will deliver life-saving advanced emergency alerting, stunning pictures, immersive, customizable audio and improved reception – all for free – to enhance and expand your broadcast viewing experience. Because the new technology combines the best of broadcast television and broadband, Next Gen TV allows local stations to better personalize their broadcasts with information and interactive features to give viewers the content that is most relevant to them.
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Learn how government mandated TV station moves beginning next year could impact more than 72 million viewers.

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Learn how the FCC's C-band proceeding impacts station operations.

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