Without the distant signal license provision, more than 870,000 customers can not watch network TV programming, including:
Without the “good faith” clause, broadcasters are not held accountable for their unfair negotiation practices. Retransmission fees — the payments broadcasters charge cable and satellite TV providers to deliver their stations in channel lineups — represent the fastest growing part of customers’ TV bills. In fact, they have risen by 4,950% since 2006! Broadcasters can charge unreasonably high costs by blacking out channels until TV satellite providers agree to pay the fee that’s often passed on to customers. Since 2010, tens of millions of Americans have seen dark screens instead of enjoying their favorite TV programs due to broadcaster-initiated blackouts.
Rural consumers will be disproportionately affected by the expiration of STELAR, as they are more commonly located in areas that rely on satellite. STELAR ensures that AT&T can provide our customers located in out-of-market areas with the same high-quality TV programs that most Americans take for granted — and at a fair price.