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H.R. 3478 (115th): Local and Independent Television Protection Act of 2017

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Corporations aren’t allowed to own more than a certain percentage of the television market, under federal law. Should corporations get a special “discount” on certain types of television stations when their total media ownership is calculated?


For decades, the federal government had instituted caps on media ownership. No individual media conglomerate was allowed to collectively own so many local television stations throughout the country that they would cumulatively reach more than 39 percent of U.S. households.

This rule was implemented to preserve local ownership and to prevent too many local stations from being owned by a national parent company.

Under a rule in place since 1985, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had counted so-called Ultra High Frequency (UHF) channels for less than other channels when counting towards ...

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Jared Huffman

Sponsor. Representative for California's 2nd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 27, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Jul 27, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 27, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Jul 27, 2017

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H.R. 3478 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3478. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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