House Judiciary Subcommittee Schedules Satellite Hearing

ACA, NAB, Dish Others to Testify

The Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet has scheduled a hearing on satellite legislation, specifically distant signal importation, for Sept. 10, according to a notice from the committee.

The parent Judiciary Committee and House Energy & Commerce both have jurisdiction over The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), which must be reauthorized by the end of 2014 or it will expire. STELA provides the blanket license allowing for the importation of distant network TV station signals.

Witnesses for the hearing are Stanton Dodge, EVP at Dish; Earle MacKenzie from the American Cable Association; Gerard Waldron for the National Association of Broadcasters; James Campbell, VP, CenturyLink; Robert Garrett for Major League Baseball; and Don Lowery, SVP, Nielsen.

The House Communications Subcommittee has already held one STELA hearing and is expected to hold a second this month.