Rep. Fred Upton has scheduled an April 10 hearing to discuss the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act.

WASHINGTON--Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., has scheduled an April 10 hearing to discuss the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act.

Upton, who is chairman of the House energy and commerce subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet, will oversee the talks at the Rayburn House Office Building.

There is concern in Congress that a recent court case could end the main thrust of the Œ94 law, which offered millions of subscribers who can't tune into broadcast channels access to network programming through satellite retransmission. Recently, however, a federal judge in Florida ruled that satellite providers must begin terminating the retransmission of network broadcasts to customers.

The House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on courts, the Internet and intellectual property may also review the bill soon, says a source close to the committee.

In related news, a new bill introduced by Rep. Jeb Bradley, R-N.H., would amend the act to provide residents of states with single network affiliate stations with satellite reception of such stations. While no House bill is currently pending, there is legislation on the Senate side to extend satellite retransmission dates.