Legislation banning the provision of local programming by satellite radio operators has been revived in the House, where Representatives Gene Green (D-TX) and Chip Pickering (R-MS) introduced a bill that would require XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite Radio to adhere strictly to their “national-only licenses.” The measure, entitled the “Local Emergency Radio Service Preservation Act of 2007,” is said to be identical to three previous bills sponsored by Green and Pickering that, in spite of attracting up to 139 co-sponsors, failed to win passage. Noting that “the ability of local [radio] stations to continue to provide local news and other services and to ensure communications during an emergency could be jeopardized by a diversion of the listening audience away from local radio programming,” the bill would prohibit satellite radio operators from offering locally differentiated programming in any geographic area that is different from content offered in another market. As was the case with the previous bills, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has again turned out as a major supporter, praising Green and Pickering’s “recognition of the unique role that local radio stations play in communities across America.” Noting that it broadcasts all of its local traffic, weather, and emergency information across its entire national platform so all of its subscribers—regardless of location—can hear it, XM called on lawmakers to “reject this outrageous attempt to stifle competition and harm consumers.”