Text: S.4074 — 109th Congress (2005-2006)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (11/16/2006)


109th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 4074

To provide certain counties with the ability to receive television broadcast signals of their choice.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 16, 2006

Mr. Allard introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

To provide certain counties with the ability to receive television broadcast signals of their choice.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Satellite and Cable Access Act of 2006”.

SEC. 2. Satellite Carriage of television broadcast signals.

Section 119(a)(2)(C) of title 17, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by redesignating clause (v) as clause (vi);

(2) by inserting after clause (v) the following:

“(v) FURTHER ADDITIONAL STATIONS.—If 2 adjacent counties in a single State are in a local market comprised principally of counties located in another State, the statutory license provided for in subparagraph (A) shall apply to the secondary transmission by a satellite carrier to subscribers in those 2 counties of the primary transmissions of any network station located in the capital of the State in which such 2 counties are located, if—

“(I) the 2 counties are located in the 46th largest designated market area for the year 2005 according to Nielsen Media Research; and

“(II) the total number of television households in the 2 counties combined did not exceed 30,000 for the year 2005 according to Nielsen Media Research.”; and

(3) in clause (vi) as redesignated, by striking “and (iv)” and inserting “(iv), and (v)”.

SEC. 3. Cable carriage of television broadcast signals.

Part I of title III of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 342. Carriage of signals to certain television market areas.

“(a) In general.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each cable operator providing service in an eligible area may elect to carry the primary signal of any network station located in the capital of the State in which such area is located.

“(b) Definitions.—As used in this section:

“(1) ELIGIBLE AREA.—The term ‘eligible area’ means 1 of 2 counties that—

“(A) are all in a single State;

“(B) on the date of enactment of the Satellite and Cable Access Act of 2006, were each located in—

“(i) the 46th largest designated market area for the year 2005 according to Nielsen Media Research; and

“(ii) a designated market area comprised principally of counties located in another State; and

“(C) as a group had a total number of television households that when combined did not exceed 30,000 for the year 2005 according to Nielsen Media Research.

“(2) NETWORK STATION.—The term ‘network station’ has the same meaning as in section 119(d) of title 17, United States Code.”.