CEA Backs Satellite Digital White Area Bill

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) commended Senators John Ensign (R-NV) and John McCain (R-AZ) on the introduction of the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Rural Consumer Access to DigitalTelevision Act of 2004. This bill will allow digital broadcast satellite (DBS) providers to offer a network high definition television (HDTV) feed to consumers who are unable to receive their localbroadcasters’ digital signal.

“This bill is good for consumers and good for the DTV transition,” said CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro. “It will give millions of Americans a greater incentive to purchase HDTV sets. It also will give broadcasters a strong incentive to get on the air with a full-power HDTV signal as soon as possible. Finally, it will hasten the conclusion of the DTV transition and the return of the valuable analog spectrum to the American people.

“This bill is a common-sense remedy for viewers who are not being offered HDTV over the air. Americans should not be deprived of the extraordinary HDTV experience simply because their local broadcaster is not yet offering the service, or offering it only to a reduced service area. We urge all members of the Senate to support this legislation.”