Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bennet leads push to bring Denver TV to SW Colorado

Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address a longstanding problem for Four Corners residents and finally deliver Denver TV to Montezuma and La Plata Counties. In a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Bennet asked the commission to use an upcoming report requested by Congress on the matter to take the first steps toward a common sense solution that gives Four Corners residents access to television broadcasts in their own state.

“To most people this issue appears easily solvable,” Bennet said. “Southwest Coloradans should have the same basic ability to see broadcasts from their own state as every other county in Colorado. Washington’s failure to find a pragmatic solution is disappointing and offers Southwest Coloradans proof that Washington is simply broken.”

Last week, Bennet called on Four Corners residents to submit their opinions on allowing Southwest Coloradans to receive television coverage from their own state to the FCC’s Media Bureau. The comments, which were due yesterday, will be used by the FCC to help formulate the report to Congress on communities’ ability to receive in-state broadcasts. The report was required by Congress in the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010, a new law supported by Bennet.

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