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House Commerce Widely Expected to Clear Revised STELA Bill

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“MVPDs have a clear agenda, cautioned Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology Director Fred Campbell. ‘The STELA license is set to expire at the end of the year unless Congress reauthorizes it, and MVPDs see the potential for Congressional action as an opportunity for broadcast television to meet its Waterloo,’ Campbell wrote in a blog post Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1o6u4HL). ‘They desire a decisive end to the compulsory copyright licenses, the retransmission consent provision in the Communications Act, and the FCC’s broadcast exclusivity rules — which would also be the end of local television stations.'”

Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology Executive…

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“Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology Executive Director Fred Campbell . . . released a white paper on the issue Thursday (http://bit.ly/1i2tym9). It posited that the ‘ultimate goal of retransmission consent ‘reform’ is to kill free over-the-air television so that MVPDs can appropriate TV station advertising revenue for themselves.’ Such overhaul should be debated as part of the Communications Act overhaul process, not ‘rushed’ through the STELA process, he said.”

Campbell Blasts FCC Broadcaster Plan

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“Fred Campbell, executive director of the Center for Boundless Innovation in Technology, blasted the FCC in a Wall Street Journal column for its proposal the limit sharing agreements between TV broadcasters. . . . ‘The agency wouldn’t need to convince stations to participate in the incentive auction if there were no stations left,’ he said.”