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S. 3232: Go Pack Go Act of 2018

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2018 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3232

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 18, 2018

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 and title 17, United States Code, to provide greater access to in-State television broadcast programming for cable and satellite subscribers in certain counties.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Go Pack Go Act of 2018.

2.

Carriage of network station signals in certain counties

(a)

In general

Part I of title III of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 301 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

344.

Carriage of network station signals in certain counties

(a)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the term cable operator has the meaning given the term in section 602;

(2)

the terms covered county and in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission have the meanings given those terms in section 119(d) of title 17, United States Code, except that, in the case of a cable operator, any reference to a satellite carrier or a subscriber of a satellite carrier shall be considered to be a reference to a cable operator or a subscriber of a cable operator, respectively;

(3)

the term local market has the meaning given the term in section 122(j) of title 17, United States Code;

(4)

the term local network station means, with respect to a subscriber and a television network, the network station—

(A)

that is affiliated with the television network; and

(B)

within the local market of which the subscriber is located; and

(5)

the terms network station and satellite carrier have the meanings given those terms in section 119(d) of title 17, United States Code.

(b)

Subscriber election

A cable operator or satellite carrier shall, at the election of a subscriber in a covered county with respect to a television network, provide to the subscriber—

(1)

retransmission of the signal of any local network station that the operator or carrier is required to retransmit to the subscriber without regard to this section;

(2)

an in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission; or

(3)

both retransmissions described in paragraphs (1) and (2).

(c)

Relationship to local signal carriage requirements

If a subscriber elects to receive only an in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission under subsection (b)—

(1)

the provision of that retransmission to the subscriber shall be deemed to fulfill any obligation of the cable operator or satellite carrier to provide to the subscriber the signal of a local network station under section 338, 614, or 615; and

(2)

in the case of a satellite carrier that has been recognized as a qualified carrier under section 119(g) of title 17, United States Code, the provision of that retransmission instead of the signal of a local network station shall not affect the status of the satellite carrier as a qualified carrier for purposes of that section and section 342 of this Act.

(d)

Requirement subject to technical feasibility for satellite carriers

A satellite carrier shall be required to provide a retransmission under subsection (b) only to the extent that such provision is technically feasible, as determined by the Commission.

(e)

Treatment of in-State, adjacent-Market network station retransmissions by cable operators

(1)

Retransmission consent exception

Section 325(b) shall not apply to an in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission by a cable operator to a subscriber residing in a covered county.

(2)

Deemed significantly viewed

In the case of an in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission by a cable operator to a subscriber residing in a covered county, the signal of the station shall be deemed to be significantly viewed in that county within the meaning of section 76.54 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations, or any successor regulation.

.

(b)

Treatment of in-State, adjacent-Market network station retransmissions by satellite carriers

Section 339 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 339) is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (1)(A), by adding at the end the following: In-State, adjacent-market network station retransmissions to subscribers residing in covered counties shall not count toward the limit set forth in this subparagraph.; and

(B)

in paragraph (2), by adding at the end the following:

(I)

In-State, adjacent-market network station retransmissions

Nothing in this paragraph shall apply to or affect in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmissions to subscribers residing in covered counties.

; and

(2)

in subsection (d)—

(A)

by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (5) as paragraphs (3) through (7), respectively; and

(B)

by inserting before paragraph (3), as so redesignated, the following:

(1)

Covered county

The term covered county has the meaning given the term in section 119(d) of title 17, United States Code.

(2)

In-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission

The term in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission has the meaning given the term in section 119(d) of title 17, United States Code.

.

(c)

No effect on ability To receive significantly viewed signals

Section 340(b)(3) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 340(b)(3)) is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: or to a subscriber who elects under section 344(b), with respect to the network with which the station whose signal is being retransmitted pursuant to this section is affiliated, to receive an in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission (as defined in section 119(d) of title 17, United States Code) instead of the signal of a local network station (as defined in section 344).

3.

Availability of copyright license

(a)

Secondary transmissions of distant television programming by satellite

Section 119 of title 17, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)—

(A)

in paragraph (2)(B)(i), by adding at the end the following: In-State, adjacent-market network station retransmissions to subscribers residing in covered counties shall not count toward the limit set forth in this clause.; and

(B)

in paragraph (3), by adding at the end the following:

(G)

In-State, adjacent-market network station retransmissions

Nothing in this paragraph shall apply to or affect in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmissions to subscribers residing in covered counties.

; and

(2)

in subsection (d)—

(A)

in paragraph (10)—

(i)

in subparagraph (D), by striking ; or and inserting a semicolon;

(ii)

in subparagraph (E), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; or; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(F)

with respect to an in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission, is a subscriber residing in a covered county.

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(16)

In-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission

The term in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission means the secondary transmission by a satellite carrier of the primary transmission of any network station whose community of license is located—

(A)

in a subscriber’s State; and

(B)

in a local market that is adjacent to the subscriber’s local market.

(17)

Covered county

The term covered county means, with respect to an in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmission to a subscriber, any county to which both of the following apply:

(A)

The county is one of the following counties in the State of Wisconsin: Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Dunn, Florence, Iron, Pierce, Polk, Sawyer, St. Croix, or Washburn.

(B)

The county is not in the local market of any television broadcast station—

(i)

that is affiliated with the same network; and

(ii)

whose community of license is located in the subscriber’s State.

.

(b)

Secondary transmissions of local television programming by satellite

Section 122(a) of title 17, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (2)(A), by inserting after under paragraph (1) the following: (or in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmissions instead of secondary transmissions under that paragraph, in accordance with an election under section 344(b) of the Communications Act of 1934); and

(2)

in paragraph (3)(A), by inserting after under paragraph (1) the following: (or in-State, adjacent-market network station retransmissions instead of secondary transmissions under that paragraph, in accordance with an election under section 344(b) of the Communications Act of 1934).