I don't follow your logic. It seems that it is more of an issue of who I can purchase my programming from, not steal it from. The issue is that if: A) I cannot obtain a clear signal OTA, B) I have no cable service where I live, C) I should be able to purchase my programming from whoever offers me what I want at a price and quality that I am willing to pay for. To be called a thief because I want to purchase my programming from a quality source because my property does not sit where I can recieve quality programming otherwise is harsh. The government arbitrarily determines the grade of service we recieve by distance and does not take into consideration real world obstacles to reception like mountains. I don't think anyone here is advocating stealing programming, but rather purchasing the same programming from other sources. The local broadcasters act as though we belong to them.