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Signifcantly Viewed Stations in northeast Oregon


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#1 OFFLINE   imnaha

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 10:56 PM

Could someone please explain to me why Umatilla County in northeast Oregon can't claim Portland, Oregon stations as "significantly viewed" while our neighboring county to the west (Morrow County) can?

Four Portland televison stations, KATU (ABC), KGW (NBC), KOIN (CBS), and KPTV (Fox) have translators serving the highway 11 corridor from Pendleton to Walla Walla.

It's worth noting that next door in Washington, Walla Walla County gets to claim Spokane stations as significantly viewed--the Spokane stations' translators are located in Oregon near the Portland translators.

The bottom line is that Directv and Dish are prevented from carrying Portland stations into Umatilla County because Portland stations aren't on the list, even though many residents can receive the signals OTA.

What can be done to get the FCC to change this situation?

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#2 OFFLINE   joshjr

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Posted 17 April 2010 - 11:19 PM

Sit back and wait. Its in the new bill about to be passed. Then we will just have to see if the say co's do anything with it. I would say that it would be the end of this year or next year before we saw any movement on this even if it is passed though. Remember there are different rules for cable. Satellite is making headway though.




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