WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Obama signed into law yesterday, the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA). The law grants a five-year reauthorization allowing satellite operators the ability to deliver broadcast TV signals to subscribers. Controversial provisions opposed by TV broadcasters, including changes to the market-based carriage negotiation process known as retransmission consent as well as market modification language, were omitted from the final legislation.
Commenting on today's House action, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:.
"NAB congratulates Congress on the enactment of this important law. This law balances the needs of all stakeholders -- broadcasters, pay TV providers, and most importantly, viewers -- while preserving the enduring value of free and local broadcast TV. Broadcasters look forward to the digital certainty afforded by this law as we continue to provide millions of Americans with the timely news and highly-rated entertainment programming they have come to expect.".
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