Copyright Office Seeks Comments for Study on Impact of Amended Satellite TV Retransmission License
Issue No. 869 - January 6, 2021

The U.S. Copyright Office has published a Federal Register notice announcing a study of how a revised section 119 statutory license is affecting the provision of both local and distant broadcast network stations to subscribers defined as “unserved households.” Congress directed that the Office conduct this study after passage of the Satellite Television Community Protection and Promotion Act of 2019 (STCPPA), which went into effect on June 1, 2020. To assist the Office in its report to Congress, the notice requests written comments from the public, including those who participate in the section 119 satellite television ecosystem, on a number of questions related to the use and operation of the section 119 license. Additionally, the Office is issuing a questionnaire aimed at satellite television subscribers in unserved households.

For additional information, including instructions for submitting comments, please visit the Office website. Responses to both the Federal Register notice and the subscriber questionnaire are due no later than 11:59 p.m. eastern time on March 8, 2021.