Updated: 28 February 2023
When Laurraine and I moved to Oracle, Arizona, in 2009 we were surprised to learn that the Federal Government prohibited us from watching the Tucson TV stations (30 miles away) via a satellite TV provider. Instead the Government required that we only receive the Phoenix TV stations (about 120 miles away). That meant we could not view the nearest TV stations with their local news, weather, sports, advertising, and local emergency information.
We tolerated the flawed Federal legislation for a few years, but in 2013 I began working to get Congress to fix the flawed, dangerous, and unfair "Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act" (STELA) legislation that it created. DirecTV and Dish TV must comply with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Designated Market Area (DMA) regulation that puts all of Pinal County in the Phoenix TV market area. Over the years I have written many letters and emails to elected officials, TV station managers, and others in my efforts to get Congress to stop putting local lives at risk and harming local businesses by enacting a "Market Area Modification" for southern Pinal County, Arizona. Unfortunately, our Federal Government has continued to fail the citizens of southern Arizona and not enacted necessary change, even with two local serious crises in 2020. The issue is not specific to southern Pinal County, Arizona. It also affects several other locations in the United States. The next crisis could be weeks, days, or hours away. Congress and the FCC must not continue to fail American citizens.
I have become the Pinal County "point person" on this issue. To broaden awareness, this blog documents the issue, my efforts, and any results. Updates will be posted as appropriate.
|My initial efforts to get Congress to fix STELA||2013-2014|
|Pinal County Government gets involved||2015-2017|
|Our Congressman is embarrassed in Oracle||2018-2019|
|I am proved right - Lives are being put at risk||January-June 2020|
|COVID-19 pandemic and Bighorn Fire crises not serious enough for the Government to act||July 2020|
|I significantly increase my efforts to get Congress to act responsibly||August-September 2020|
|Looking at Legal Options||October 2020|
|Phone Calls to Congress, Washington Post Op-Ed||November 2020|
|Wasted Time and Lost Opportunity in 2020 thanks to Our Congressman||December 2020|
|STELA fiasco thanks to Congress and the FCC||January 2021|
|Pinal County working to get changes in Federal Legislation||February 2021|
|Pinal County working behind the scenes||March 2021|
|Another Wildfire, Another Day of Congress Putting Lives at Risk||April 2021|
|Legal Actions Pursued against Congress STELA Legislation||May 2021|
|Members of Congress incapable of understanding local TV dangers they created||June 2021|
|STELA Reform Coalition efforts||July 2021|
|Pursuing Unconstitutionality of STELA Legislation||August 2021|
|The illogic of STELA law and some lawyers||September 2021|
|Failure of our elected officials in Washington to comprehend a serious local issue||October 2021|
|Arizona State Legislature support||November 2021|
|A New Plan is Formulated||December 2021|
|Community Meeting on Satellite TV Reform||January 2022|
|Pinal County Board of Supervisors meeting - 23 February 2022||February 2022|
|Pinal County Board of Supervisors FCC Petition Status?||March 2022|
|Pinal County Board of Supervisors moves slowly; is still investigating the issue||April 2022|
|Pinal County Supervisors meet with Citizens||May 2022|
|Important Recent News for southern Pinal County Satellite TV Subscribers||June 2022|
|Status of FCC Television "Market Area Modification" for southern Pinal County||July 2022|
|Pinal County Supervisor meets with Local Citizens, some progress reported||August 2022|
|Pinal County Supervisor update to Local Citizens||September 2022|
|Emergency Alert System fails due to flawed FCC DMA||December 2022|
|Governmental Actions, or the Lack Thereof||January 2023|
|Some progress being made, more progress needed||February 2023|
I welcome any suggestions and support for this effort. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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