WPR News
12:14 pm
Thu March 11, 2004

Congress Reviews Satellite TV Laws

Washington, D.C. – In Washington, the House is considering extension of a law allowing satellite tv companies to retransmit the signals of local television stations. A Wyoming lawmaker says its a matter of giving
consumers more and better choices.
The House is grappling with re-authorizing the law that let's you see local TV channels over such satellite services as Direct TV and Echostar. Wyoming Representative Barbara Cubin says in a thinly populated, rural state like hers, satellite TV is an important life line that sometimes comes up short because it can be hard for her constituents to watch network television locally or even from any city in the country. She would like that changed. Cubin also says she wants satellite tv companies to give her constituents a clearer picture of their satellite TV options, and the companies' responsibilities.