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Legislation Containing SHVERA Moving Along
Posted 08 December 2004 - 06:03 AM
The House voted unanimously late Monday night to scrap from a must-pass budget bill a controversial provision that would've allowed Congressional appropriations committees to examine individual tax returns. That cleared the way for the huge $388 billion appropriations bill containing, among several other items, the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act (SHVERA) of 2004. The Senate has signed off on the measure.
The bill was expected to be sent to Bush as early as Tuesday, said sources as of press time late last night. The president is expected to sign the measure into law.
As part of the bill, satellite TV would have 18 months to phase out a two-dish solution for reception of a certain set of locals, an item that targets EchoStar and its use of two dishes for receiving a select set of local TV channels for a number of markets.
In addition, the legislation includes a provision allowing satellite TV to deliver "significantly viewed" stations to consumers who live outside the station's home market. There's also royalty rate language that allows the parties involved to negotiate their business arrangements rather than going through a CARP process. And the bill extends for five years the compulsory license that allows DBS services to provide superstations and distant network signals.
The bill also allows for the creation of a "digital white area," which will allow satellite TV companies to deliver distant broadcast digital and high-def signals to consumers who cannot receive a local digital TV signal.
http://www.skyreport.com (Used with permission)
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Posted 08 December 2004 - 06:52 PM
According to The Evening Bridge Email news, President Bush has signed the Bill into Law.
12/6/2004: Cleared for White House.
12/7/2004: Presented to President.
12/8/2004: Signed by President.
It is a good thing since they have been running continuing resolutions to keep the government running awaiting this bill to be come law. The last continuance ended today.
Posted 08 December 2004 - 11:34 PM
FCC: you're up.
"The problem with the gene pool is that there aren't enough lifeguards." - Catbert, Evil Director of Human Resources
Posted 09 December 2004 - 09:01 AM
Why cant Direct TV carry them like dish?
Posted 09 December 2004 - 10:02 AM