House Communications Subcommittee to Hold Another STELA Hearing

Will Look Broadly at Legal Regimes for Delivering Video Content
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The House Energy & Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing in September in its ongoing series on reauthorization of the upcoming Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA).

The hearing is described as a look into the various legal regimes that regulate delivery of video content.

"Whether over the air from local broadcasters, through a paid subscription to a satellite, cable, or fiber provider, or streaming over the Internet, consumers have unprecedented access to view quality video content," said Subcommittee chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.). "Each of these technologies faces a different regime of laws and regulations that have been developed over the last four decades. The subcommittee will examine whether these laws are still serving the needs of consumers, content creators, broadcasters, and video distributors in the modern communications marketplace."

STELA, which expires at the end of 2014 unless it is renewed, provides, among other things, for a blanket license to import distant network TV station signals into markets that don't have one of their own.