NCTA Says It Is OK With STAVRA Bill

The National Cable & Telecommunications Association accentuated the positive in S. 2799, urging "swift passage" of the Satellite Television Access and Viewer Rights Act (STAVRA), a new version of the Senate Commerce Committee satellite compulsory license reauthorization legislation.

The bill has been pared of many of its original video reforms, like the "Local Choice" remake of the retrans system cable ops had applauded, and getting the FCC into vetting retrans contracts and over-the-top video access. But, it puts an exclamation point on FCC efforts to prevent coordinated retrans by non-commonly owned stations in the same market, and makes some other "targeted" reforms, which NCTA suggested were on balance a positive.

It also gets rid of the ban on integrated set-tops, which had been one of NCTA's big asks.

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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.