Editor’s Note: This letter was written by Chip Hanawalt, president of the Ohio Campground Owners Association and owner of Sunbury/Columbus North Kampgrounds of America (KOA), for The Columbus Dispatch.
If Congress does not act this year, the recreational vehicle community in Ohio and nationwide will lose access to the network television signals it receives through satellite providers. To prevent this, Congress must renew the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization (STELAR), which will expire at the end of the year.
It is important to note that 25 million Americans use their RVs each year to go camping, hiking, boating, fishing and hunting. People who buy RVs aren’t just buying a product; they are buying a lifestyle focused on having the comforts of home while traveling across the country. The ability to experience that lifestyle is critical to all industries dependent on RV’s, including RV campgrounds like my business. Many RVs receive television programming from satellite providers.
Outdoor lovers, long-haul truckers and those in areas with no local TV satellite provider rely on something called the distant signal license provision of STELAR. This provision is of importance to RV’ers because it allows them to watch their favorite TV content from local networks no matter where they travel. That is why Congress has previously reauthorized the distant signal license.
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