Senate Judiciary Passes Clean STARA (Formerly STELA)

Jul 9th, 2014



Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT)

By John Eggerton 

WASHINGTON — The Senate Judiciary Committee wasted no time Thursday marking up and passing a clean, two-page, version of legislation reauthorizing the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), now, at least in this version, named the Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Act of 2014 (STARA) without any additional video reforms. The bill is a straight, five-year renewal of the compulsory license that allows importation of distant network affiliated TV station signals–which affects about 1.5 million subs without in-market access to a comparable affiliate.

The markup was delayed from last week, when Republicans sought the week delay.
STELA has to be renewed by the end of the year, but the Senate Commerce Committee also has a say in the final bill, which must also be reconciled with a House Energy & Commerce Committee version that does have some video reforms in it, including on retrans and the CableCARD integrated set-top ban.

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