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Allowing STELAR to Expire Will Bring Regulatory and Market Parity

There are few markets that have changed more in the last 30 years than video distribution. When Congress passed the Satellite Home Viewer Act in 1988, it intended to favor the fledging home satellite industry so it could grow to compete with cable. Today, the satellite industry is a multibillion-dollar industry that has close to a 30 percent share of the paid television market and, in addition to cable providers, there is a robust and flourishing over-the-top marketplace. Yet vestiges of this legislation – it’s most recent iteration is known as STELAR – persist to favor the home satellite industry at least until it is scheduled to sunset this year on December 31.