Representatives Gene Green, D-Texas and Chip Pickering, R-Miss., introduced legislation that “holds satellite radio companies accountable to their national-only licenses,” according to the announcement from NAB.
The bill, H.R. 983, is titled the Local Emergency Radio Service Preservation Act of 2007. The legislation is similar to a bill introduced by both congressmen in the 109th Congress.
Declaring local broadcast radio stations “an important source of local news and weather programming,” the legislation prohibits satellite radio licensees from providing locally differentiated programming to subscribers in one geographic market that differs from programming offered to subscribers in another geographic market.