They ride in on the same access rights and exemptions electricity, water, gas, sewer lines do.
I don't know that the sattelite companies fit into this? At any rate this attempted regulation seems unnecessary unless it can be tied to public funds. I think the whole industry is due a major overhaul, esp here in H-town where about 60% can't watch the local sports teams whose stadiums are publicly funded (out of towner taxes do hurt) I don't have cable but go over to someones house maybe once per month if there is something live i ~need~ to watch.
When a fellow says, "It ain't the money but the principle of the thing," it's the money. -- Kim Hubbard