STELA Reauthorization - An Opportunity for Pro-Market Reform
On December 31, 2014,the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) is set to expire. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology is in the process of reauthorizing the law, and that provides a critical opportunity for pro-market reform by modernizing anachronistic regulations like retransmission consent agreements and must-carry provisions of the 1992 Cable Act.
So what is STELA, and why should conservatives and libertarians care?
Well, when the Cable Act became law in 1992, the prevailing concern was that cable operators might somehow employ monopoly power to block local broadcast stations in their home areas. Accordingly, the Act tipped the scales in favor of broadcasters by granting them the right to guaranteed carriage or the right…[more]
The rhetorical tic, “Let me be clear” infects nearly every statement that Barack Obama makes.
Yet then he turns around and disavows earlier statements in which he was abundantly clear.
This was Obama one year ago on August 20, 2012, when asked about Syria:
“I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria. It concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns…
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