PROTECTING SMALL BUSINESS, PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Advocate to Congress: Support Rural Entrepreneurship and Reauthorize STELAR Before It Expires on December 31st

By at 23 October, 2019, 9:24 am

NEWS

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Karen Kerrigan, President and CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, released the following statement about the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR):

“SBE Council’s mission is to encourage entrepreneurship and small business growth, especially in disadvantaged areas. In small towns and rural communities, small businesses often face greater obstacles to growth than those in more populous areas. Reauthorizing STELAR will empower and protect these consumers and businesses by making sure they can access the modern TV marketplace and at a fair price. This modest but critically important goal is vital to the country’s efforts to spur healthy small business growth, as well as quality jobs and growth in rural and underserved communities.

“The current law contains important provisions protecting consumers in these communities which will expire on December 31, 2019. Failure to reauthorize STELAR would result in consumers being suddenly cut off from television programming in areas where dominant broadcasters – namely ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX – do not provide a network signal. A lack of access to this important source of information could seriously undercut the ability of small businesses to generate opportunity in their communities.

“The legislation also contains language requiring broadcasters and providers to negotiate in “good faith,” to prevent broadcasters from further increases in pricing and withholding content from consumers. Higher fees and more blackouts will not help our communities thrive.

“STELAR passed both chambers of Congress unanimously in 2014 and enjoys bipartisan support today. We urge Congress to take swift action to reauthorize this important legislation.”

Contact:

Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO

e-mail: kkerrigan@sbecouncil.org

SBE Council is nonpartisan advocacy, research and education organization dedicated to protecting small business and promoting entrepreneurship. For 25 years, SBE Council has worked on and advanced a range of private sector and public policy initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for strong startup activity and small business growth. Visit www.sbecouncil.org for additional information. Twitter: @SBECouncil

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