Didn't think this would happen, but here is the response:
From: "Carl Bonura" Add Address
Date: 2005/11/09 Wed AM 10:20:01 EST
To: "'Vince Bonura'" , "'C&C Bonura'" , "'Bryan Bonura'" , "Carlo Maniglia"
Subject: FW: PROBLEM01655466 - Local Channels in New Orleans Area
I received an interesting reply to my email to the FCC regarding allowing
satellite companies to provide the HDTV service from the national feeds
while the local HD towers are inoperative. Apparently, they have the
authority to allow it and do not need permission from the FCC as they told
me over the phone. See below... I am calling DirecTV again.
Sent: Wednesday, November 09, 2005 9:10 AM
Subject: PROBLEM01655466 - Local Channels in New Orleans Area
You are receiving this email in response to your inquiry to the FCC.
The Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act (SHVIA) gives no authority to the
FCC (or any other entity) to compel a TV service provider to provide - or to
withhold/block - any particular service, including satellite provision of
network programming whether local-into-local, distant station, or the HDTV
component of either.
Thank you for contacting the FCC Consumer Center.
Rep Number : TSR41