Broadcasting & Cable's John Eggerton reports that the Senate passed STELA on Wednesday. It's a five-year extension of satellite's umbrella license to sell distant signals under certain circumstances. Next step is the House, but the Senate was seen as the tougher chamber because of the recent hiccups in getting a temporary extension passed. "Among the changes to the new bill are allowing DISH back into the distant-signal business in exchange for delivering local signals to the couple dozen or so that had lacked them because they were too small to make it economical to serve them." And although you won't find it in that article, Eggerton told me separately that STELA includes Superstation reauthorization. So we Dish subs have hope!