• Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010: A Broadcaster’s Guide
  • August 2, 2010 | Authors: Jonathan D. Blake; Jennifer Anne Johnson
  • Law Firm: Covington & Burling LLP - Washington Office
  • This guide provides a summary of the key changes made by the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010 (“STELA”), which was signed into law by the President in May 2010. STELA is the latest in a series of congressional acts, building upon the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (“SHVERA”), governing satellite carriers’ retransmission of broadcast television stations. This guide explains how STELA did and did not change the law in four important areas: (1) local-into-local carriage, (2) distant signal carriage, (3) retransmission of significantly viewed signals, and (4) the retransmission consent requirements.