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Lawmakers Weigh Satellite TV Law Ahead of Deadline (Corrected)

Nov. 13, 2019, 10:01 PMUpdated: Nov. 14, 2019, 5:37 PM

Lawmakers are taking halting steps toward reauthorizing a law that governs satellite-TV providers’ broadcast of programming to rural subscribers before it expires at the end of the year.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday plans to consider a measure to extend the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization of 2014 (Public Law 113-200). The law, which is known as STELAR, allows satellite providers such as AT&T Inc.‘s DirecTV and Dish Network Corp. to retransmit signals from outside a subscriber’s local area. If it expires, satellite providers would be required to negotiate retransmission fees with...

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