Here is a quote I found from a Nebraska site

WOWT NBC Omaha is joining television stations across the nation in asking for your help. Congress is, right now, considering legislation that puts FREE TV in jeopardy.

The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) allows satellite providers to retransmit the signal of TV stations outside of a subscribers' immediate area or the signal from superstations, like TBS or WGN. The STELA Act is set to expire at the end of 2014.
Should Congress decide to reauthorize STELA, broadcasters are strongly encouraging lawmakers to reject proposals that would expand the scope of the distant signal license. In essence, we want people who live in and around Omaha/Council Bluffs to see local television station content, not content from a station hundreds of miles away.
The safety of viewers during severe weather and covering local breaking news in your neighborhood is something WOWT 6 News prides itself on and we want to guarantee that you continue to have access, for free. Please take a moment to contact your representatives in Congress.
There is a battle for the OTA air waves, which is ridiculous because all free TV signals combined occupy a tiny sliver of the spectrum allocated by the FCC. Still, many in the FCC would like to auction off even more TV channels. They need to collect some of that money for the people, after all! It would never go for lavish pool parties and such. Noooooo -- never happens.

But that's not the issue in the STELA act you referred to. I'm all in favor of increasing the right to rebroadcast OTA signals, which we were repeatedly told "belong to the people," back when the system was set up. If it belongs to us, then the copyright belongs to us. Just one more example of government talking out of both sides of its mouth.

All local weather and news coverage will cease if people can see all the channels that belong to them in the first place. What a farce.



Farce, indeed! Free local television should not be threatened. The excuses used are not solid, in the first place. I hope everything turns out well in the end.

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