Witnesses Set for STELA Hearing

Congress Prepares to Start Satellite Carriage Reauthorization Marathon

The witness list has been set for the Feb. 13 hearing on the reauthorization of the Satellite Extension and Reauthorization Act, the law that allows satellite operators to import distant affiliated TV station signals into local markets.

The law does not expire until the beginning of 2015, but the process has traditionally been a long and contentious one.

The witnesses are Eloise Gore, chief of the FCC's enforcement bureau; R. Stanton Dodge, executive vice president and general counsel, Dish; Lonna Thompson, executive vice president, Association of Public Television Stations; Michael O'Leary, senior executive vice president, Motion Picture Association of America; and Jane Mago, executive vice president, National Association of Broadcasters.