After years of lawmakers wrangling with the issue, it appears an act of Congress is needed to bring more Colorado television to Montezuma and La Plata counties.
That act is here.
U.S. Rep Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, introduced legislation Thursday aimed at bringing more Denver programming to local televisions and less Albuquerque shows.
Residents in Colorados Four Corners counties have gone far too long without television broadcasts from their own states, Tipton said in a news release.
The Four Corners Television Access Act of 2012 hopes to make it easier for cable and satellite broadcasters to offer programming in areas that meet certain Nielsen ratings standards.
Currently, Montezuma and La Plata counties fall into Albuquerques Designated Market Area. As a result, many locals get New Mexico news and sports.
While lawmakers on the state and federal levels have attempted to work with private broadcasters and the Federal Communications Commission, Tiptons bill if passed would make changes on a federal level.
Our bill does let those people still receive New Mexico TV, because a lot of people down there have gotten used to it, and thats what they want. It doesnt block that by any means, said Josh Green, press secretary at Tiptons office.
Green said Tipton still is looking for ways to avoid the need for legislation by working directly with the FCC.
Several previous pieces of legislation calling for Four Corners access to Denver television, most recently in 2010, all have failed to clear Congress.
Also this week, Tipton introduced legislation aimed at increasing efficiency and saving money in the application process for federal grants entitled the Eliminating Duplicative and Inefficient Taxpayer Spending Act.
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