Senate Commerce Lines Up STELA Witnesses

Smith, Powell among Panel Lineup

National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Michael Powell and National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith will be among the witnesses at a Senate Commerce Committee hearing April 1 on reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA).

Also on the witness list will be FCC Media Bureau chief Bill Lake, DirecTV exevcutive vice president Michael Palkovic, and Tivo president Tom Rogers.

STELA is the legislation the established a blanket license for satellite operators to deliver distant network-affiliated TV station signals into markets where there was not a viewable local affiliate of that network.

It also  grants the FCC the authority to mandate good faith retransmission-consent bargaining.