For Immediate Release - Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Contact - Stephanie DuBois, (202) 225-5456
(Concord, NH)- First District Congressman Jeb Bradley hailed the launch of Channel 9 on EchoStar DISH Network for North Country subscribers this afternoon at an event held at Radio Shack in Concord. Previously, federal broadcasting laws prohibited Coos, Carroll, Grafton and Sullivan County satellite subscribers from receiving WMUR, New Hampshire's only network-affiliated television station. As a result of a provision added in the fiscal year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations bill, Channel 9 was made available to North Country DirecTV subscribers last September and will now be made available to DISH Network subscribers, starting today.
" A promise I made to my constituents has finally been realized in homes throughout New Hampshire's North Country ," said Bradley. " I was proud to have worked with the rest of the New Hampshire Congressional Delegation to eliminate this unnecessary restriction, which prevented many Granite State residents from receiving New Hampshire news, weather, sports and emergency information."
In the 108th Congress, Bradley introduced H.R. 2862, the "North Country Access Act of 2003," in the House of Representatives. Bradley's bill would have addressed the North Country satellite access issue as stand alone legislation. Senator John Sununu (R-NH) also introduced, and Senator JuddGregg (R-NH) cosponsored, the "Direct Broadcast Satellite North Country Access Act" (S. 2669) in the Senate. As a result of these efforts, a provision was ultimately added and passed as part of the fiscal year 2005 Omnibus Appropriations Act.