S. 2008 (112th): Next Generation Television Marketplace Act of 2011

Dec 16, 2011 (112th Congress, 2011–2013)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Jim DeMint
Senator from South Carolina
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Dec 16, 2011
26 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 3675 (Related)
Next Generation Television Marketplace Act

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Dec 15, 2011


This bill was introduced on December 16, 2011, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Dec 16, 2011
Referred to Committee Dec 16, 2011
Full Title

A bill to repeal certain provisions of the Communications Act of 1934, title 17 of the United States Code, and the regulations of the Federal Communications Commission that intervened in the television marketplace, and for other purposes.


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Next Generation Television Marketplace Act of 2011 - Repeals provisions of the Communications Act of 1934 concerning:
(1) the carriage of distant television stations and significantly viewed signals by satellite carriers,
(2) the retransmittal of television signals to eligible state counties in the designated market area of another state by cable operators or satellite carriers,
(3) the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) qualified carrier certification process,
(4) the designation of cable channels for commercial video programming use,
(5) the carriage of local commercial television signals and qualified low power stations by cable operators,
(6) the FCC's authority to adopt syndicated exclusivity rules for private home viewing of secondary transmissions by satellite of broadcast station signals, and
(7) the requirement that cable systems or other multichannel video programming distributors obtain consent to retransmit a broadcasting station signal.
Repeals and revises provisions concerning: (1) the carriage of local television signals by satellite carriers, and (2) the regulation of rates and broadcast signal carriage. Makes several existing requirements concerning the carriage of local television broadcast stations applicable only to qualified noncommercial educational television stations.
Repeals federal copyright laws requiring statutory licenses for certain secondary transmissions of distant and local television programming by satellite carriers.
Extends exemptions from copyright infringement laws to certain secondary transmissions by cable systems and satellite carriers. Repeals provisions concerning cable system: (1) nonsimultaneous transmission infringement, and (2) statutory licenses for secondary transmissions.
Directs the FCC to repeal related FCC rules and eliminate:
(1) restrictions on the number of broadcast television stations that a person or entity may own, operate, or control in the same designated market area under the local television multiple ownership rule;
(2) the radio-television cross-ownership rule; and
(3) limitations on the direct or indirect ownership, operation, or control of a broadcast television station by a person or entity that owns, operates, or controls a daily newspaper under the daily newspaper cross-ownership rule.
Requires that this Act take effect on July 1, 2014, subject to the exception that contracts, understandings, and arrangements related to retransmission consent and the distribution of video programming entered into prior to its enactment be provided for under special transitional provisions.

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