SBE Council Statement on New Satellite TV Bill: “Harms Rural Consumers”

By at 19 November, 2019, 4:38 pm


Washington, D.C. – Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan issued the following statement on the recently proposed Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019,” introduced by U.S. Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee:

“Chairman Nadler’s recently proposed bill, the ‘Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019,’ will harm rural consumers and small businesses. If Congress embraces this legislation, it will take away the distant network signals from hundreds of thousands of consumers solely because of their choice of satellite providers. Many of these consumers are from rural communities or are owners of RV and commercial trucks.

“While most Americans don’t think twice about their access to broadcast television programming, rural communities rely on the distant signal license every day for news, sports, and entertainment purposes. Congress must not pass a bill that will only serve to fuel the digital divide, limit choices, and hinder opportunity in rural communities. A clean 5-year reauthorization of STELAR (‘Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act’) will keep the distant signal license in place and allow consumers to stay with their current satellite provider. Congress cannot turn its back on rural Americans, it must reject this bill and reauthorize STELAR.”

Related SBE Council content:

Advocate to Congress: Support Rural Entrepreneurship and Reauthorize STELAR Before it Expires on December 31, October 23.

SBE Council Praises Introduction of Satellite Television Access Reauthorization Bill, November 6.


Karen Kerrigan, SBE Council president & CEO


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 for additional information. Twitter: @SBECouncil




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