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Whew. Your brother-in-law is half-right. The industry term for the bill that passed is “local-to-local”, and Charlie Ergen over at Echostar worked his butt off to make this happen. His press release is [url=http://www.corporate-ir.net/ireye/ir_site.zhtml?ticker=dish&script=410&layout=1&item_id=61992
Here’s the part that sucks. It doesn’t work for you. In order to benefit from local-to-local, you must live in a city for which the satellite company is providing local service. Dish Network’s current cities are Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Denver, Phoenix, Salt Lake City and San Francisco. They’re adding cities as they add satellite capacity, but they are focusing on the top 50 markets.
In other areas, you have to live with the old “distant network signals” rules, which mean that unless you are in the New York ADI (I seem to remember you being further upstate than that), you still need the waiver.
But there’s some hope. Without getting into details that will get anyone in trouble, some companies are a little less, uh, persnickity about what it takes to determine whether you are eligible for distant network signals. (hint: your current provider is persnickity and there exactly one other provider. Capice?)
Livin’ on Tums, Vitamin E and Rogaine