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Reauthorizing the Satellite Home Viewing Provisions in the Communications Act and the Copyright Act: Issues for Congress

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Executive Summary

To further the longstanding U.S. media policy goal of localism, the current statutory framework for satellite and cable multichannel video programming distribution services distinguishes between the retransmission of local broadcast signals - the signals of stations located in the same local market as the subscriber - and of distant signals. Some statutory provisions block or restrict the retransmission of distant broadcast signals in order to protect local broadcasters from competition from those signals, with the intent of fostering local programming.

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