Satellite Bills Set For Final Congress Roll Call
Bills to reauthorize the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA) cleared have cleared the appropriate House and Senate committees, and they are set to come up for a vote by Oct. 3, when Congress is set to adjourn for the final campaign season. The final version of SHVIA legislation is expected to allow satellite TV providers to retain their authorization to carry superstations and distant network signals, but it may not include several other less critical provisions. This authorization expires Dec. 31, and the industry is lobbying hard to retain its rights in order to compete with rival terrestrial cable operators. For more on what the satellite community is doing on Capitol Hill, read the Aug. 2 issue of Satellite News. For more information on subscribing to the Access Intelligence family of satellite newsletters, visit http://www.satellitetoday.com.