New bill would require satellite companies to carry local channels

A new bill, should it pass, would end the woes of those left out in the cold by the switch to digital broadcasting.

US. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich) has introduces legislation to require satellite television providers to carry local television channels in all 210 markets across the nation.

Currently, many people recieve programming from providers like DirecTV and Dish Network must rely on an antenna to recieve local channels. Many live outside the reach of the new digital transmissions and would lose local broadcasts after the switch to digital broadcasting on June 12.

Currently, 31 markets representing 2.6 million homes do not offer local channels on satellite.

Congress already requires cable providers to provide local channels.

To have your voice heard on the matter, ask your Congressmen and Representatives to support H.R. 927.

Click on the links below to see contact information for each:

Senator Thad Cochran (R- MS)

Representative Gregg Harper (R - 03)

Use the following link to check for DTV signals available in your location: