According to sources, industry players from both sides of the retrans debate will be getting a briefing today on a markup of the Senate Commerce Committee version of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act and what may or may not be in it. Those same sources say the tentative markup date is Sept. 17.
Among the things that could be in it are the Local Choice proposal and preventing broadcasters from blocking access to online content during retrans blackouts. If so, that would make the bill unpalatable to Republicans in control of the House.
With Congress moving into re-election mode, that could threaten its ability to get a passable bill out the door by the end of the year.
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