Retransmission rights last granted to the direct broadcast satellite (DBS) industry five years ago would be extended through December 31, 2014 under the draft jobs bill released yesterday by the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee. Although the DBS compulsory license last renewed under the Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act of 2004 (SHVERA) had been set to expire at the end of 2009, Congress extended DBS retransmission rights through February 28 to allow House and Senate negotiators additional time to reach agreement on certain key issues. In addition to extending compulsory DBS license rights, Title IX of the jobs bill, known as the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act of 2010, would amend the definition of an “unserved household” that is deemed eligible for the receipt of distant broadcast networks via satellite to cover digital multicast streams. Among other things, the measure would also (1) grant copyright royalty judges jurisdiction over retransmission royalty fees and replace compulsory arbitration of royalty fee disputes with proceedings before copyright royalty judges, (2) allow DBS subscribers that are denied unserved status the right to seek waivers (through their DBS providers) from local network affiliates, and (3) give the FCC six months from the bill’s enactment to “develop and prescribe by rule a point-to-point predictive model for reliably and presumptively determining the ability of individual locations, through the use of an antenna, to receive signals in accordance with the signal intensity standard” in the FCC’s rules. The bill would also waive an injunction that currently prohibits DISH Network from providing distant broadcast network service in exchange for the company’s pledge to extend local-into-local service to all television markets. Asserting that action on the expired satellite provisions “is long overdue,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-MT) and ranking minority member Charles Grassley (R-IA) issued a joint statement calling for “deliberate, but expeditious” consideration of the jobs package.