Sen. Markey: I Will Not Block STELAR

Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) says he is still concerned about eliminating the cable set-top integration ban, but won't hold up the STELAR satellite reathorization bill, the bipartisan bill that passed by voice vote in the House Wednesday containing that ban.

“I remain deeply concerned about the provision in the STELAR Act that will force more consumers to rent their video set top box from their cable provider," Markey told Multichannel News/B&C in an email.

"But I will not block Senate passage of bipartisan legislation that I otherwise support and that will benefit millions of Americans," he said.

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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.