Satellite industry appeals must-carry


As expected, EchoStar Communications Corp. and the Satellite Broadcasting
& Communications Association are asking the Supreme Court to consider their
appeal of a law that requires satellite TV companies to carry every local TV
station in every market they serve.

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ruled against the
satellite-TV industry in December.

DirecTV was also a plaintiff in that case, but the No. 1 satellite-TV company
dropped out of the industry's appeal to the Supreme Court.

EchoStar is trying to purchase DirecTV and its parent company, Hughes
Electronics Corp.