Summary: S.1974 — 101st Congress (1989-1990)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (08/02/1990)

Television Decoder Circuitry Act of 1990 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require that any television with at least a 13-inch screen which is manufactured, or imported for use, in the United States be equipped with built-in decoder circuitry designed to display closed-captioned TV transmissions.

Prohibits shipping in interstate commerce, manufacturing, assembling, or importing any such television except pursuant to rules prescribed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Requires such rules to provide performance and display standards for such built-in decoder circuitry.

Directs the FCC, as new video technology is developed, to ensure that closed-captioning service continues to be available to consumers.