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?
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