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New bill allows satellite carriers to deliver distant signals

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM)  - The House Judiciary Committee's new draft of SHVERA (Satellite Home Viewer Digital Television Act) will allow satellite operators to offer distant signals in exchange for local TV signals.

According to the bill, a satellite carrier could receive a waiver through the courts that would allow it to deliver its distant signals to so-called short markets.

Short markets are areas that lack at least one of the four major network affiliates (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) .  

This new draft, unlike the July draft, makes the waiver temporary and renewable.  It allows for distant signals to be delivered into short markets, and puts the courts in charge of monitoring compliance.

To qualify for the waiver, a satellite carrier would have to deliver local signals to all 210 Nielsen markets.

If a satellite carrier receives a waiver and fails to serve all television markets, it could be fined $250,000 and lose the waiver.

Click here for more information on SHVERA.
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