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S. 624 (115th): A bill to allow servicemembers to terminate their cable, satellite television, and Internet access service contracts while deployed.

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 14, 2017 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 624

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 14, 2017

(for herself and Mrs. Fischer) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs

A BILL

To allow servicemembers to terminate their cable, satellite television, and Internet access service contracts while deployed.

1.

Termination of multichannel video programming and Internet access service contracts

(a)

In general

Section 305A of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (50 U.S.C. 3956) is amended—

(1)

in the section heading, by inserting , multichannel video programming, and Internet access after telephone;

(2)

in subsection (b), by striking cellular telephone service or telephone exchange service and inserting commercial mobile service, telephone exchange service, Internet access service, or multichannel video programming service;

(3)

in subsection (c), by inserting for commercial mobile service or telephone exchange service before terminated;

(4)

in subsection (d), in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking cellular telephone service and inserting commercial mobile service;

(5)

in subsection (e)—

(A)

by striking For any and inserting the following:

(1)

In general

For any

;

(B)

by striking If the and inserting the following:

(2)

Reinstatement of service

If the

; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(3)

Return of provider-owned equipment

If a servicemember terminates a contract under subsection (a), the servicemember shall return any provider-owned consumer premises equipment to the service provider not later than 10 days after the date on which service is disconnected.

; and

(6)

in subsection (g)—

(A)

by redesignating paragraph (2) as paragraph (4); and

(B)

by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

(1)

The term commercial mobile service has the meaning given that term in section 332(d) of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 332(d)).

(2)

The term multichannel video programming service means a subscription video service offered by a multichannel video programming distributor, as that term is defined in section 602 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 522), over a system the distributor owns or controls.

(3)

The term provider-owned consumer premises equipment means any equipment that a provider of Internet access service or multichannel video programming service rents or loans to a customer during the provision of that service, including gateways, routers, cable modems, voice-capable modems, CableCARDs, converters, digital adapters, remote controls, and any other equipment provided.

.

(b)

Clerical amendments

(1)

Title heading

The heading for title III of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is amended by striking telephone and inserting communications.

(2)

Table of contents

The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act is amended—

(A)

by striking the item relating to title III and inserting the following:

TITLE III—RENT, INSTALLMENT CONTRACTS, MORTGAGES, LIENS, ASSIGNMENT, LEASES, COMMUNICATIONS SERVICE CONTRACTS

;

and
(B)

by striking the item relating to section 305A and inserting the following:

Sec. 305A. Termination of telephone, multichannel video programming, and Internet access service contracts.

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