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H.R. 6954 (115th): To provide for the carriage of certain television broadcast stations, and for other purposes.


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 27, 2018 (Introduced).


I

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6954

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 27, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To provide for the carriage of certain television broadcast stations, and for other purposes.

1.

Carriage of television broadcast stations

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a cable operator may transmit to subscribers in any county in the designated market area of Albany, New York, any television broadcast station that—

(1)

was retransmitted to subscribers located in that designated market area on December 1, 2016; and

(2)

as of the date of enactment of this Act, is not retransmitted to all subscribers in that designated market area.

(b)

Negotiations

A cable operator that engages in the retransmission described in subsection (a) shall engage in good faith negotiations within the meaning of section 76.65 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor thereto, with a television broadcast station regarding the terms of such retransmission.

(c)

Rules of construction

Nothing in this Act shall be construed—

(1)

to alter any nonduplication or syndicated exclusivity rights of an in-market station network that are prescribed by contract or provided under section 325 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 325); or

(2)

to affect the applicability of any other communications or copyright law related to the retransmission of a television broadcast station by a cable operator.