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Outdated Satellite TV Law Denies Rural Communities Critical Information

Outdated Satellite TV Law Denies Rural Communities Critical Information

Rebecca Howell has lived in the same house in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for 42 years — and she’s never seen rain and flooding like the community experienced earlier this year. The deluge washed the rocks out of a sinkhole in her yard. As the rain came down and rivers and streams overflowed, reporters at WBKO stayed on the air, helping community members stay safe. Yet, Bowling Green residents who subscribe to DirecTV were denied access to these critical updates because the satellite provider does not offer local broadcast news to every community.

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Broadcasting By the Numbers


15,516

Full-Power Radio Stations

1,780

Full-Power TV Stations

2.4

Million Jobs Generated

$1.9

Trillion in Economic Activity