ACCESS TO NETWORK TV PROGRAMMING
The distant signal license ensures that satellite customers maintain access to network TV programming, including major sporting events and broadcast news. Without this protection in place, 870,000 customers primarily in rural areas stand to lose access to programming.
This license is also critical to provide RV enthusiasts, tailgaters and long-haul truckers the ability to access their network TV while traveling across the country.
FAIR PRICING FOR SATELLITE SERVICE
The "good faith" clause establishes some basic rules of the road to help ensure that for broadcasters and cable and satellite providers both negotiate fairly.
The good faith rules provide an important backstop to retransmission consent agreement negotiations. Without the good faith clause in place, there will be no mechanism in place to stop broadcasters from engaging in bad faith negotiations in order to extract exorbitant fees, which ultimately get passed down to consumers.