Board of Directors & Futures Committee Meet in Washington DC

Last week the NYSBA Board of Directors and Futures Committee spent two days in Washington DC lobbying members of the New York Delegation.  By all accounts our meetings were successful.

We met with 23 members of the New York delegation over a two-day period. To say the least it was a very busy schedule for those who attended. On behalf of all the broadcasters in New York State – THANK YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS.

Last Monday the House of Representatives passed the PIRATE Act HR 583, providing the FCC with greater enforcement tools to combat illegal radio (see story below).  During our meeting we stressed a number of issues.

Radio Performance Fees: We opposed the performance fee and urged passage of the Local Radio Freedom Act, H.R. Con. Resolution 20.  Imposing performance fees for the off air broadcasting of recorded music will cripple radio stations throughout New York.

Do not Extend STELAR: The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR) is a law that should expire.  In the days when satellite services did not provide “local into local TV service,” it may have made sense to allow these fledgling services to import distant signals. This is no longer the case, as all viewers in New York can access their local stations through Dish Network or ATT/DirectTV.  The bill merely serves as subsidy for AT&T, and an opportunity for cable and satellite systems to attack retranmission consent.

We met with the following offices:

Senator Charles Schumer
Rep. Anthony Brindisi
Rep. Chris Collins
Rep. Antonio Delgado
Rep. Eliot Engel
Rep. Adriano Espaillat
Rep. Brian Higgins
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries
Rep. John Katko
Rep. Peter King
Rep. Nita Lowey
Rep. Sean P. Maloney
Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney
Rep. Joe Morelle
Rep. Grace Meng
Rep. Tom Reed
Rep. Kathleen Rice
Rep. Max Rose
Rep. Jose Serrano
Rep. Elise Stefanik
Rep. Paul Tonko
Rep. Nydia Velazquez
Rep. Lee Zeldin

 

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