US. Congressman Bart Stupak (D-Mich) has introduced legislation to require satellite television providers to carry local television channels in all 210 markets across the nation.
Currently, DirecTV and Dish Network subscribers 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 Senators and Representatives to support H.R. 927.