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H.R. 7157 (110th): Radio All Digital Channel Receiver Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 26, 2008 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 7157


September 26, 2008

(for himself, Ms. Lee, Mr. Walden of Oregon, Mr. Gonzalez, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Wilson of South Carolina, and Mr. Souder) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce


To require that radios used in the satellite digital radio service be capable of receiving terrestrial digital radio signals.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Radio All Digital Channel Receiver Act.


Mandating terrestrial digital radio receivers


Commission Authority

Section 303 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 303) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:


Require that apparatus shipped in interstate commerce or manufactured in the United States that is designed to receive signals broadcast in both the satellite digital audio radio service and the terrestrial AM or FM radio broadcast service be equipped with technology that is capable of receiving and playing digital radio signals as transmitted by terrestrial AM or FM stations.




Section 330 of such Act (47 U.S.C. 330) is amended—


by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and


by inserting after subsection (c) the following:


Except as provided in paragraph (2), no person shall ship in interstate commerce or manufacture in the United States apparatus described in section 303(z) of this Act unless such apparatus complies with the rules prescribed by the Commission pursuant to the authority granted by that section.


This subsection shall not apply to carriers transporting apparatus referred to in paragraph (1) without trading in such apparatus.



Deadline for Commission Action

The Federal Communications Commission shall take all actions necessary to prescribe rules pursuant to the amendments made by this section within 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.