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Titles (4)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Rural Local Broadcast Signal Act

Short Titles as Reported to House

Rural Local Broadcast Signal Act

Short Titles as Introduced

Rural Local Broadcast Signal Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Rural Electrification Act of 1936 to ensure improved access to the signals of local television stations by multichannel video providers to all households which desire such service in unserved and underserved rural areas by December 31, 2006.


Actions Overview (5)

Date Actions Overview
04/13/2000Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 375 - 37 (Roll no. 128).(text: CR H2292-2296)
04/06/2000Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Commerce. H. Rept. 106-508, Part II.
03/31/2000Committee on Judiciary discharged.
03/01/2000Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Agriculture. H. Rept. 106-508, Part I.
02/10/2000Introduced in House

All Actions (36)

Date Chamber All Actions
05/02/2000SenateReceived in the Senate. Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 525.
04/13/2000-6:11pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
04/13/2000-6:11pmHouseOn passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 375 - 37 (Roll no. 128). (text: CR H2292-2296)
04/13/2000-5:49pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to a previous order of the House.
04/13/2000-4:46pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to a previous order, the House proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 3615.
04/13/2000-4:45pmHouseH.Amdt.671 On agreeing to the Dreier amendment (A001) Agreed to without objection. (text: CR H2285-2289)
04/13/2000-4:45pmHouseH.Amdt.671 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Dreier. (consideration: CR H2283, H2292)
04/13/2000-4:45pmHouseConsidered by previous order of the House. (consideration: CR H2283-2302; text of measure as reported in House: CR H2283-2285)
04/13/2000-4:45pmHouseConsideration initiated by previous order of the House.
04/13/2000-1:21pmHouseORDER OF PROCEDURE - Mr. Dreier asked unanimous consent that it be in order at any time without intervention of any point of order to consider in the House the bill H.R. 3615; that the bill be considered as read for amendment; that, in lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committees on Agriculture and Commerce now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute which is at the desk be considered as read and adopted; that the previous question shall be considered as ordered on the bill, as amended, to final passage without intervening motion except: (1) one hour of debate; (2) one motion to recommit with or without instructions; and (3) that H. Res. 475 be laid upon the table. Agreed to without objection.
04/12/2000-10:56pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 475 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 3615 with 1 hour of general debate. Previous question shall be considered as ordered without intervening motions except motion to recommit with or without instructions. In lieu of the amendments recommended by the Committees on Agriculture and Commerce now printed in the bill, the amendment in the nature of a substitute printed in the report of the Committee on Rules accompanying this resolution shall be considered as adopted. Measure will be considered read. Bill is closed to amendments.
04/06/2000HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 309.
04/06/2000HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Commerce. H. Rept. 106-508, Part II.
04/05/2000HouseHouse Committee on Commerce Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than April 6, 2000.
04/04/2000HouseHouse Committee on Commerce Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than April 5, 2000.
03/31/2000HouseHouse Committee on Commerce Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than April 4, 2000.
03/31/2000HouseCommittee on Judiciary discharged.
03/29/2000HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
03/29/2000HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
03/23/2000HouseForwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection
03/23/2000HouseSubcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection
03/16/2000HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection
03/01/2000HouseHouse Committee on Judiciary Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than March 31, 2000.
03/01/2000HouseHouse Committee on Commerce Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than March 31, 2000.
03/01/2000HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Agriculture. H. Rept. 106-508, Part I.
02/16/2000HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by the Yeas and Nays: 41 - 0.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
02/16/2000HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
02/15/2000HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
02/15/2000HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection.
Action By: Committee on Commerce
02/11/2000HouseExecutive Comment Requested from USDA.
02/10/2000HouseReferred to House Judiciary
02/10/2000HouseReferred to House Commerce
02/10/2000HouseReferred to House Agriculture
02/10/2000HouseReferred to the Committee on Agriculture, and in addition to the Committees on Commerce, and the Judiciary, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
02/10/2000HouseSponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E109)
02/10/2000HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (123)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Boucher, Rick [D-VA-9]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Baker, Richard H. [R-LA-6]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Emerson, Jo Ann [R-MO-8]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Capps, Lois [D-CA-22]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Bono, Mary [R-CA-44]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Oberstar, James L. [D-MN-8]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Ewing, Thomas W. [R-IL-15]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Gilchrest, Wayne T. [R-MD-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Metcalf, Jack [R-WA-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Quinn, Jack [R-NY-30]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Bass, Charles F. [R-NH-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Latham, Tom [R-IA-5]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Kildee, Dale E. [D-MI-9]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Phelps, David D. [D-IL-19]* 02/10/2000
Rep. McInnis, Scott [R-CO-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Rahall, Nick J., II [D-WV-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Buyer, Steve [R-IN-5]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Watkins, Wes [R-OK-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Frost, Martin [D-TX-24]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Baldacci, John Elias [D-ME-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Goode, Virgil H., Jr. [I-VA-5]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Hinchey, Maurice D. [D-NY-26]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Boyd, Allen [D-FL-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Olver, John W. [D-MA-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Fletcher, Ernie [R-KY-6]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Collins, Mac [R-GA-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Thornberry, Mac [R-TX-13]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Cubin, Barbara [R-WY-At Large]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Nethercutt, George R., Jr. [R-WA-5]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Wicker, Roger F. [R-MS-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. LaHood, Ray [R-IL-18]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Boehlert, Sherwood [R-NY-23]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Goodling, William F. [R-PA-19]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Herger, Wally [R-CA-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Nussle, Jim [R-IA-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Radanovich, George [R-CA-19]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Ehrlich, Robert L., Jr. [R-MD-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Hastings, Doc [R-WA-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Thune, John [R-SD-At Large]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Cooksey, John [R-LA-5]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Hilleary, Van [R-TN-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Fowler, Tillie [R-FL-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Bonilla, Henry [R-TX-23]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Ballenger, Cass [R-NC-10]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Skeen, Joe [R-NM-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-20]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Pickering, Charles W. "Chip" [R-MS-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Aderholt, Robert B. [R-AL-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Sherwood, Don [R-PA-10]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Hayes, Robin [R-NC-8]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Peterson, John E. [R-PA-5]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Vitter, David [R-LA-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Jenkins, William L. [R-TN-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Tauzin, W. J. (Billy) [R-LA-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Riley, Bob [R-AL-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Canady, Charles T. [R-FL-12]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Bartlett, Roscoe G. [R-MD-6]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Isakson, Johnny [R-GA-6]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Chambliss, Saxby [R-GA-8]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Barrett, Bill [R-NE-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Ganske, Greg [R-IA-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Thomas, William M. [R-CA-21]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Oxley, Michael G. [R-OH-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Goss, Porter J. [R-FL-14]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Doolittle, John T. [R-CA-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Pombo, Richard W. [R-CA-11]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Wamp, Zach [R-TN-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Norwood, Charles W. [R-GA-10]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Chenoweth-Hage, Helen [R-ID-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Davis, Tom [R-VA-11]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Dickey, Jay [R-AR-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Ehlers, Vernon J. [R-MI-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Lewis, Ron [R-KY-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Weller, Jerry [R-IL-11]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Foley, Mark [R-FL-16]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Hutchinson, Asa [R-AR-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Smith, Nick [R-MI-7]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Gekas, George W. [R-PA-17]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Houghton, Amo [R-NY-31]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Reynolds, Thomas M. [R-NY-27]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Portman, Rob [R-OH-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Traficant, James A., Jr. [D-OH-17]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Schaffer, Bob [R-CO-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Minge, David [D-MN-2]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Clayton, Eva M. [D-NC-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Shows, Ronnie [D-MS-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Sisisky, Norman [D-VA-4]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Bryant, Ed [R-TN-7]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Walsh, James T. [R-NY-25]* 02/10/2000
Rep. McHugh, John M. [R-NY-24]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Johnson, Nancy L. [R-CT-6]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Bereuter, Doug [R-NE-1]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Rogers, Harold [R-KY-5]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Farr, Sam [D-CA-17]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Kind, Ron [D-WI-3]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Hill, Rick [R-MT-At Large]* 02/10/2000
Rep. Sandlin, Max [D-TX-1] 02/16/2000
Rep. Pomeroy, Earl [D-ND-At Large] 02/16/2000
Rep. Berry, Marion [D-AR-1] 02/16/2000
Rep. Moran, Jerry [R-KS-1] 02/16/2000
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8] 02/16/2000
Rep. Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr. [D-AL-5] 03/01/2000
Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-6] 03/01/2000
Rep. Gutknecht, Gil [R-MN-1] 03/01/2000
Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2] 03/01/2000
Rep. Stenholm, Charles W. [D-TX-17] 03/01/2000
Rep. Holden, Tim [D-PA-6] 03/01/2000
Rep. Boswell, Leonard L. [D-IA-3] 03/01/2000
Rep. Klink, Ron [D-PA-4] 03/01/2000
Rep. Coble, Howard [R-NC-6] 03/01/2000
Rep. Udall, Mark [D-CO-2] 04/06/2000
Rep. Edwards, Chet [D-TX-11] 04/06/2000
Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] 04/06/2000
Rep. Rodriguez, Ciro D. [D-TX-28] 04/06/2000
Rep. Deal, Nathan [R-GA-9] 04/06/2000

Committees (3)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Agriculture02/10/2000 Referred to
02/16/2000 Markup by
03/01/2000 Reported by H. Rept. 106-508,Part 1
House Commerce02/10/2000 Referred to
03/29/2000 Markup by
04/06/2000 Reported by H. Rept. 106-508,Part 2
House Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade, and Consumer Protection02/15/2000 Referred to
03/16/2000 Hearings by
03/23/2000 Markup by
03/23/2000 Reported by
House Judiciary02/10/2000 Referred to
03/31/2000 Discharged from
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property02/15/2000 Referred to

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Latest Summary (4)

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Passed House amended (04/13/2000)

Rural Local Broadcast Signal Act - States that the purpose of this Act is to facilitate access to local television signals for households in unserved and underserved areas by December 31, 2006.

(Sec. 3) Establishes the Rural Television Loan Guarantee Board which shall determine loan recipients under this Act.

(Sec. 4) Authorizes the Board, subject to prior funding, to approve loan guarantees to finance the acquisition, improvement, construction, launch, or rehabilitation of the means by which local television broadcast signals will be delivered principally to unserved areas. Directs the Administrator of the Rural Utilities Service to prescribe implementing regulations.

Includes among loan requirements stipulations that such loan must: (1) not be used for operating, advertising, or promotional expenses; (2) be determined by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration to be commercially viable and not likely to have an adverse competitive effect; (3) be provided by a qualifying lender; and (4) be repaid within 25 years or the primary asset's useful life.

Grants loan priority to projects serving the greatest number of households in unserved areas. Prohibits loans that will serve certain populated market areas.

Establishes an: (1) aggregate $1.25 billion loan cap; and (2) 80 percent loan guarantee for the portion of the loan used to provide local television signals.

Authorizes the Board to establish and approve credit risk premiums.

States that the Board's approval or disapproval of a loan guarantee shall not be subject to judicial review.

(Sec. 5) Directs the Administrator to issue and administer approved loan guarantees.

Sets forth provisions respecting: (1) security for protection of U.S. financial interests; (2) loan guarantee assignment; (3) loan guarantee modification; (4) performance schedules; (5) compliance; (6) commercial validity; (7) defaults; (8) payment recovery; (9) action against an obligor; (10) breach of conditions; (11) attachment; (12) fees; (13) affiliates; and (14) bankruptcy.

(Sec. 6) Prohibits fund use: (1) for spectrum auctions; and (2) by incumbent cable operators.

(Sec. 8) Directs the Comptroller General to perform annual audits of: (1) the loan guarantee program; and (2) loan guarantee recipients.

(Sec. 9) States that a facility of a satellite carrier, cable system, or other multichannel video programming distributor financed with a loan guarantee under this Act that delivers local broadcasting signals in a specified television market shall not be required to carry a greater number of signals than such market's largest cable subscriber system.

(Sec. 10) Directs the Federal Communications Commission to open an application filing period window for television translator stations and low-power television stations in rural areas.

(Sec. 11) Directs the FCC to reinstate as tentative rural service selectees, and permit application amendments for: (1) Great Western Cellular Partners; (2) Monroe Telephone Services L.P.;and (3) FutureWave General Partners L.P.

(Sec. 12) Amends the Communications Act of 1934 with respect to the definition of "satellite carrier." (Includes distributors under specified circumstances.)

(Sec. 13) Defined specified terms.

(Sec. 14) Authorizes FY 2001 through 2006 appropriations.

(Sec. 15) Prohibits loan guarantee approval after December 31, 2006.