FCC Plan Eases Fears


Washington — The Federal Communications Commission
wants to retain its outdoor-antenna standard for determining
whether a satellite customer is eligible to receive a distantnetwork
version of a local TV station affiliate.

That would ease broadcaster fears of facing more out-of-market
competition for eyeballs and ad dollars.

Word came in a notice of proposed rulemaking issued last Wednesday
on implementation of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism
Act. The law changes the definition of who is eligible to receive
those signals from signal strength based on a “conventional, stationary,
outdoor rooftop receiving antenna” to one based simply on an
“antenna,” leaving it up to the FCC to determine what that meant.

Broadcasters worried a new standard could include indoor
tin-foil antennas in the basement.