H.R. 3745 (111th): CAP Act

Oct 07, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Tammy Baldwin
Representative for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district
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Oct 07, 2009
7 pages
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H.R. 1746 (112th) was a re-introduction of this bill in a later Congress.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: May 05, 2011


This bill was introduced on October 7, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Oct 07, 2009
Referred to Committee Oct 07, 2009
Full Title

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for carriage and display of public, educational, and government channels in a manner consistent with commercial channels, and for other purposes.


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30 cosponsors (30D) (show)

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Community Access Preservation Act or the CAP Act - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require, with a specified waiver authority, that public, educational, and government (PEG) channels be:
(1) carried in the same channel capacity as local commercial television channels, or if no such stations are required to be carried, in the same channel capacity as network-affiliated commercial television stations carried on cable; and
(2) provided to every cable subscriber without additional service or equipment charges.
Requires a cable operator to: (1) carry PEG signals to subscribers without material degradation and without altering content; and (2) provide facilities adequate to fulfill such requirements.
Requires cable operators in states that have adopted statewide franchising to: (1) make PEG support payments equal to the greater of the cash payment required under state law or the value of historically-provided PEG support; (2) carry PEG signals from the point of origin to subscribers; and (3) provide at least the number of channels for PEG use provided as of May 31, 2005.

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