While it was offered up to appease the broadcasters, apparently my recollection wasn't up-to-date and that element of STELA didn't make it. Senator Claire McCaskill of the Senate Commerce Committee was pushing for the requirement in the Fall of 2009 but House Communications Chair Rick Boucher thought it would stink the bill. According to a law digest, in order maintain their "qualified carrier" status, DIRECTV had "agreed to" servicing all 210 DMAs. In contrast, DISH was forced to actually do it to regain qualified carrier status that had been taken away. An article published yesterday on rbr.com indicates that DIRECTV agreed to 100% coverage quite a while ago [as part of the News Corp merger as it happens]. The following letter was sent to the FCC in February 2008 by the NAB in order to light a fire under DIRECTV: http://www.nab.org/documents/newsRoom/pdfs/021908_Mago_DIRECTV.pdf Note that the DIRECTV merger with News Corp was not conditional on the assurances that DIRECTV had made (as stated in the letter) but DIRECTV had nonetheless made the committment in writing to the FCC.