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House Proceeding 12-02-09 on Dec 2nd, 2009 :: 0:26:55 to 0:32:25
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Rick Boucher

0:26:51 to 0:27:11( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: with that, madam speaker, reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. the gentleman from virginia is recognized. mr. boucher: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. boucher: and i ask unanimous

Rick Boucher

0:26:55 to 0:32:25( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Rick Boucher

Rick Boucher

0:27:12 to 0:27:33( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: consent to revise and extend my remarks. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. boucher: in a collaborative process, the house energy and commerce and judiciary committee s are presenting to the house this afternoon a renewal of the satellite home viewer act provisions of which are scheduled to of this year. the act enables the delivery by

Rick Boucher

0:27:34 to 0:27:54( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: satellite of distant signals to homes that cannot receive network programming from a local television station. we are taking the opportunity of this re-authorization to achi a long held goal of having all 210 local television markets

Rick Boucher

0:27:55 to 0:28:16( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: acrosshe nation uplinked by satellite for retransmission of those local stations back into the market of their origination. the goal is to ensure that satellite tv subscribers everywhere will be be able to receive both national television programs and local tv stations that serve their area.

Rick Boucher

0:28:17 to 0:28:39( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: at the present time, there are 28 local rural areas in various places of the nation that do not have local television satellite television carriers. and much of our effort this year has been directed toward finding a way to obtain satellite

Rick Boucher

0:28:40 to 0:29:02( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: carriage of these 28 world markets for local television signals. earlier this year following extensive discussions with the company, i received a letter from echostar, a company commonly known in the trade as the dish network, agreeing to uplink for local retransmission

Rick Boucher

0:29:03 to 0:29:24( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: all 210 local television markets upon certain conditions. one condition is that the company receive the ability in our legislation to import into the markets distant network signals in order to supply the missing networks in the markets that do not have a full complement of the networks represented by local affiliates.

Rick Boucher

0:29:25 to 0:29:46( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: the bill that we are presenting today grants that permission. if echostar in fact provides local tv service in all 210 television markets nationwide. another condition of the company's willingness to serve all 210 markets is that the law not impose new carriage obligations that the company

Rick Boucher

0:29:47 to 0:30:07( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: would have to devote its satellite capacity in order to meet. while the bill does impose some new carriage obligations, i'm optimistic that they will not be so extreme as to prevent echostar from launching local tv service in all 210 local markets over the coming year. providing local tv service in

Rick Boucher

0:30:08 to 0:30:29( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: the 28 currently unserved local markets will make local tv sports, weather, essential emergency information, and locally originated programs available in every part of the nation. a goal that we are now very close to achieving. serving the 28 now unserved local tv markets involves a

Rick Boucher

0:30:30 to 0:30:50( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: major expenditure by echostar for ground-bad facilities in each of the currently unserved markets, and for the launch in 2010 of a new satellite that itself will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. i want to commend echostar for expressing a willingness to make these very

Rick Boucher

0:30:51 to 0:31:11( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: investments if we pass legislation that meets the conditions i previously descrid. and i think our legislation does. broadcasters and directv, the other major satellite television provider, both of which groups playedly constructive roles as our negotiations proceed. i want to thank the gentleman

Rick Boucher

0:31:12 to 0:31:33( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: from michigan, mr. stupak, a member of our commerce committee, for bringing to our attention and very -- in very forceful terms the need to serve all of the 28 currently unserved local television our nation. the bill before us makes other changes needed satellite carriage licenses with the transition from analog to

Rick Boucher

0:31:34 to 0:31:54( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: digital television broadcasting. and it will result in more high definition carriage of public broadcasting television under the terms of an amendment that was offered by the gentlelady from california, ms. eshoo, and adopted during commerce comm bill. i want to say thank you this

Rick Boucher

0:31:55 to 0:32:15( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: afternoo and his excellent staff for the cooperation with my staff and with me as our two structured the bill that we present to the house this afternoon. and i want to say thank you to the gentleman from texas, mr. smith, and the gentleman from florida, mr. stearns, for the

Rick Boucher

0:32:16 to 0:32:25( Edit History Discussion )

Rick Boucher: highly constructive and cooperative bipartisan role that they have played in move this measure through our two committees.

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