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(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson, and Delegates Pethtel, Anderson, Argento, Armstead, Ashley, Azinger, Barker, Beach, Boggs, Border, Butcher, Campbell, Cann, Canterbury, Caputo, Cowles, Craig, Crosier, Doyle, Eldridge, Ellem, Ennis, Evans, Ferro, Fleischauer, Fragale, Frazier, Givens, Guthrie, Hall, Hamilton, Hartman, Hatfield, Hunt, Hutchins, Iaquinta, Klempa, Kominar, Lawrence, Longstreth, Louisos, Manchin, Manypenny, Marshall, Martin, McGeehan, Miley, C. Miller, Moore, Morgan, Moye, Overington, Perdue, Perry, Phillips, D. Poling, M. Poling, Porter, Reynolds, Rodighiero, Romine, Ross, Rowan, Schadler, Shaver, Shook, Shott, Skaff, Smith, Sobonya, Spencer, Staggers, Stephens, Stowers, Swartzmiller, Tabb, Talbott, Varner, Walker, Webster, Wells, White, Williams and Wooton)

Urging all members of the West Virginia delegation to the Congress of the United States to support any legislation that would require satellite companies to offer local channels to their subscribers.

Whereas, The Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act of 1999 (SHVIA) permitted satellite companies to provide a local station's signal to satellite subscribers in the local station's market; and
In 2004, Congress modified SHVIA to expand the programming satellite companies can offer their subscribers; and
Whereas, SHVIA, even after the modifications, does not require satellite companies to offer local channels. Rather, satellite companies have the option of providing local service; and
Whereas, Satellite subscribers may be deemed subscribers eligible to receive "distant signals," or stations that are outside of the local television market. This means that a West Virginia subscriber may not be able to receive local West Virginia channels, but may receive local channels from cities outside of West Virginia; and
Whereas, If a satellite provider chooses not to provide local channels, a satellite subscriber must install an additional costly digital antenna in order to receive local channels; and
Whereas, Oftentimes, even the installation of an antenna does not provide all the desired local broadcast stations; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the House of Delegates of the 79th Legislature of the State of West Virginia hereby respectfully urges all members of the West Virginia delegation to the Congress of the United States
to support any proposed laws that would require satellite companies to provide local channels to its subscribers; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Clerk of the House of Delegates forward certified copies of this resolution to all members of the West Virginia delegation to the Congress of the United States.
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