APTS seeks DTV channel carriage by satcasters

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House Telecom Chairman Ed Markey (D-Mass.) told pubTV managers yesterday that he’ll support their call for satellite TV operators to carry the digital TV signals of local pubTV stations. APTS wants DirecTV and EchoStar to carry their local signals if it carries those of any stations. APTS achieved a digital carriage agreement with large cable operators in 2005 after seeking federal action. A deal with smaller operators is expected soon, APTS said.