H.Amdt.742 to H.R.4850102nd Congress (1991-1992)
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Description: H.Amdt. 742 — 102nd Congress (1991-1992)
Amendments en bloc: (1) provide that cable operators must provide at least 30 days advance notice of any increase in cable rates over 5 percent; (2) clarifies language that protects grandfathered rate regulation agreements between franchising authorities and cable operators; (3) make certain technical corrections drafting errors in the bill; (4) allow commercial broadcasters to choose to be carried on the same channel on the cable system as they were carried on the system as of Jan. 1, 1992; (5) require the FCC to update its current listing of the nation's television markets; (6) indemnify local franchising authorities against damage claims, except for damage claims based on discrimination of any type; (7) require the FCC study on sport migration to include an analysis of preclusive contracts between college athletic conferences and video programming vendors; and (8) give cable consumers the right to prevent certain cable channels from being broadcast into their homes.
An amendment comprised of amendments nos. 10-17 which were printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying H. Res. 523. The amendment would require cable operators to provide 30 days advance notice to a franchising authority of an increase of 5% or more in the rate charged for the basic tier of cable service; would clarify that provisions of the bill which grandfather existing rate regulation agreements between franchising authorities and cable companies do not preclude such franchising authorities from using the rate-making authorities provided under the bill; would correct certain drafting errors with technical corrections; would allow local television stations to choose to be assigned to the same channel on the cable system as they were carried on the system as of Jan. 1, 1992; would require the FCC to update its current listing of the nation's television markets; would indemnify local franchising authorities against damage claims for actions taken by the franchising authority, except for damage claims based on cases of discrimination; would require the FCC to study the extent to which exclusive contracts between college athletic conferences and regional sports programming networks artificially and unfairly restrict the ability to broadcast local college sporting events on local television stations; would require that cable.companies planning to offer premium channels free of charge to all subscribers for a limited period of time (promotions, for example) must notify subscribers at least 30 days in advance, and to block such channels if requested by the subscriber, if the premium channel offers movies with "X","R", or "NC-17" ratings.
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