U.S. Representative Cynthia Lummis, has introduced the "Statewide Public Television Access Act," to enable every DISH Network subscriber in the state to have full access to Wyoming Public Television.
The federal government plays a big role in determining what television stations customers are allowed to watch. Federal law divides the United States into 210 local market areas.
Each local area has its own local television station for the four major networks as well as PBS, and each local area has copyright protection for those networks. Currently, only DISH Network offers local television service in Wyoming, while DirecTV requires a combination of satellite service and digital antennae.
Lummis said that as more people subscribe to satellite, particularly in rural areas, a growing number of people in Wyoming will be unable to access the state's public television station if this issue is not resolved.