Overheard at...

At the Media Institute awards dinner in Washington Tuesday, a crowd full of Washington media types had plenty to talk about over cocktails and finger food at a reception before the hardware was handed out. Here is some of the chatter...

Look for the House Wednesday (Nov. 19) to vote on, and approve, a STELAR compromise on the satellite TV reauthorization legislation. It is unclear what happens in the Senate since Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) is said to have a hold on the Senate version of the bill given that it does not contain an amendment keeping the FCC's set-top integration ban in place until a successor is found. Neither does the House version.

If Markey remains opposed to the bill, the must-pass STELAR would likely have to be added as an amendment to a must-pass continuing resolution.

The oddsmakers were putting their money on March for a vote on new network neutrality rules. FCC sources say it won't be on the Dec. 11 meeting agenda. One outside analyst said they had heard there could be a Dec. 11 item seeking comment on some of the new net neutrality proposals.

At least one source was betting that Thursday's (Nov. 20) circulation of a tentative agenda for the FCC's Dec. 11 meeting would include the item on classifying some over-the-top providers as MVPDs. Another said it had been a rumor around the building.

John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.