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Fireworks: Dish Network, FCC and PBS Stations in Major Battle

Jul 2, 2010  •  Post A Comment

The Dish Network has filed suit in Las Vegas against the Federal Communications Commission, asking a court to block an order that requires Dish to offer high-definition broadcasting of public television stations around the U.S., the Las Vegas Sun reports.

Dish, which is incorporated in Nevada, is seeking a restraining order and injunction blocking enforcement of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010, which was signed into law on May 27, the story says.

The company is claiming the law infringes on its constitutional rights by giving the government power to decide which networks it sells to customers, the article adds.

"Until this law was enacted, DISH was largely free to decide which local stations it would offer in high-definition, or ‘HD,’ format, which uses triple the bandwidth of a standard-definition format," the lawsuit states. The FCC didn’t have immediate comment on the lawsuit.

"It’s very disappointing," said Kurt Mische, president of public station KNPB in Reno. He also said the lawsuit was typical of Dish’s bias against local programming, the article says.

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