Bergman fights for Gogebic County residents to be able to get U.P. TV channels
Written by Jesse Baroka on October 16, 2020
BESSEMER – U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet spoke on the issue of local network television options to the Gogebic County Board of Commissioners Wednesday. Bergman, said his office is involved in an ongoing effort to ensure that cable and satellite companies offer all county residents the option of selecting Michigan television stations as their local channel preferences. As of now, some do have that option while other county residents do not. The Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA) regulating network station retransmission agreements with cable and satellite television services, was allowed to expire this year. The act contained “local-into-local service” requirements for satellite television to provide out-of-market broadcast stations that are determined by the Federal Communications Commission to be “significantly viewed” by the community. Currently Satellite television subscribers in Gogebic County can only receive Duluth TV stations and are not allowed the option of picking up the Rhinelander TV station or TV stations from the U.P. Bergman is fighting on changing that.