H.R. 9630 (94th): Educational Broadcasting Facilities and Telecommunications Demonstration Act

94th Congress, 1975–1976. Text as of Jun 05, 1976 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

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PUBLIC LAW 94-309—JUNE 5, 1976                                     90 STAT. e>83

Public Law 94-309
94th Congress
                                   An Act
To extend the Educational Broadcasting Facilities Program and to provide               June 5, 1976
  authority for the support of demonstrations in telecommunications technologies        [H.R. 9 6 3 0 ] '
  for the distribution of health, education, and public or social service informa-
  tion, and for other purposes.

  Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives      of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, T h a t this A c t m a y             Educational
be cited as t h e "Educational Broadcasting Facilities a n d Telecom-                Broadcasting
                                                                                     Facilities and
munications Demonstration A c t of 1976".                                            Telecommuni-
                                                                                     cations
                                    PURPOSE                                          Demonstration
                                                                                     Act of 1976.
   SEC. 2. ( a ) P a r t I V of title I I I of t h e Communications A c t of 1934    47 u s e 390 note.
is amended by striking out the heading of such p a r t and inserting in              47 u s e 390.
lieu thereof "ASSISTANCE FOR NONCOMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL BROAD-
CASTING F A C I L I T I E S ; TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMONSTRATIONS; COR-
PORATION FOR P U B L I C BROADCASTING".
   (b) S u b p a r t A of such p a r t is amended by striking out t h e heading
of such subpart a n d inserting in lieu thereof "ASSISTANCE FOR NON-
COMMERCIAL EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING FACILITIES AND TELECOMMUNI-
CATIONS DEMONSTRATIONS".
   (c) Section 390 of such Act is amended to read as follows:                        47 u s e 390.

                           DECLARATION OF PURPOSE

   " S E C . 390. T h e purposes of this subpart are (1) to assist (through
matching grants) in the construction of noncommercial educational
television or radio broadcasting facilities, and (2) to demonstrate
 (through g r a n t s o r contracts) t h e use of telecommunications technol-
ogies for the distribution a n d dissemination of health, education, a n d
other public or social service information.".

                    AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS

   SEC. 3. Section 391 of the Communications A c t of 1934 is amended 47 USe 391.
to read as follows:
   " S E C . 391. There are authorized to be appropriated $7,500,000 for
the period J u l y 1, 1976, t h r o u g h September 30, 1976, and $30,000,000
for t h e fiscal year ending September 30, 1977, t o assist (through
matching grants) in t h e construction of noncommercial educational
television or radio broadcasting facilities as provided in this subpart.
Sums appropriated under this section for a n y fiscal year or period
shall remain available for payment of g r a n t s for projects for which
applications approved under section 392 have been submitted under
such section within one year after t h e last d a y of such fiscal year o r
period.".
             CRITERIA FOR BROADCAST FACILITIES CONSTRUCTION

  SEC. 4. (a) Section 392(a) (1) of the Communications Act of 1934 is 47 USe 392.
amended by striking out clause ( C ) and inserting in lieu thereof " ( C )
a public or private nonprofit college or university or other educational

90 STAT. 684 PUBLIC LAW 94-309—JUNE 5, 1976 or cultural institution which is affiliated with an eligible college or university,". 47 use 392. (b) Section 392(d) of such Act is amended to read as follows: "(d) (1) The Secretary shall base his determinations of whether to approve applications for television grants under this section and the amount of such grants on criteria set forth in regulations and designed to achieve (A) a strengthening of the capability of existing noncom- mercial educational television stations to provide local services; (B) the adaptation of existing noncommercial educational television facili- ties to broaden educational uses; and (C) extension of noncommercial educational television services, with due consideration to equitable geographic coverage throughout the United States. "(2) The Secretary shall base his determination of whether to approve applications for radio grants under this section and the amount of such grants on criteria set forth in regulations and designed to achieve (A) extension of noncommercial educational radio services with due consideration to equitable geographic coverage throughout the United States; (B) a strengthening of the capability of existing noncommercial educational radio stations to provide local service; and (C) the provision of multiple radio stations in major population centers to broaden services for special interest, minority, and educa- tional uses.". COORDINATION 47 use 395. SEC 5. Section 395 of the Communications Act of 1934 is amended to read as follows: "COORDINATION WITH THE COMMISSION AND THE CORPORATION "SEC. 395. The Federal Communications Commission is authorized to provide such assistance in carrying out the provisions of this subpart as may be requested by the Secretary. The Secretary shall provide for close coordination with the Federal Communications Commission in the administration of his functions under this subpart which are of interest to or affect the functions of the Commission. The Secretary shall provide for close coordination with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in the administration of his functions under this subpart which are of interest to or affect the functions of the Corporation.". CONSTRUCTION 47 use 397. SEC. 6. Section 397(2) of the Communications Act of 1934 is amended to read as follows: Definition. "(2) The term 'construction', as applied to educational television broadcasting facilities or educational radio broadcasting facilities, means the acquisition and installation of transmission and reception apparatus (including towers, microwave equipment, boosters, transla- tors, repeaters, mobile equipment, video recording equipment, non- video recording equipment, radio subcarrier receivers, and satellite transceivei-s) necessary for television broadcasting or radio broad- casting, as the case may be, including apparatus which may inciden- tally be used for transmitting closed circuit television or radio programs, but such term does not include the construction or repair of structures to house such apparatus. In the case of apparatus, the acquisition and installation of which is so included, such term also includes planning therefor.".
PUBLIC LAW 94-309—JUNE 5, 1976 90 STAT. 6J85 , J AUDIO RECORDING E Q U I P M E N T SEC. 7, Section 399(b) of the Communications Act of 1934 is 47 use 399. amended by adding at the end thereof the following new paragraph: "(5) From amounts appropriated pursuant to section 391 after the Grant. date of enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary may make a grant 47 use 391. to any licensee of a noncommercial educational broadcast station who received assistance under this part of the full amount necessary to acquire equipment to permit such licensee to comply with paragraph (1) of this subsection.'. TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMONSTRATIONS SEC. 8. The Communications Act of 1934 is amended by adding after section 392 the following new section: a,TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEMONSTRATIONS "SEC. 392A. (a) I t is the purpose of this section to promote the 47 USe 392a. development of nonbroadcast telecommunications facilities and serv- ices for the transmission, distribution and delivery of health, educa- tion, and public or social service information. The Secretary is Grants and authorized, upon receipt of an application in such form and containing contracts. such information as he may by regulation require, to make grants to, and enter into contracts with public and private nonprofit agencies, organizations, and institutions for the purpose of carrying out tele- communications demonstrations. "(b) The Secretary may approve an application submitted under Application subsection (a) if he determines— approval. "(1) that the project for which application is made will demon- strate innovative methods or techniques of utilizing nonbroadcast telecommunications equipment or facilities to satisfy the purpose of this section; "(2) that demonstrations and related activities assisted under this section will remain under the administration and control of the applicant; "(3) that the applicant has the managerial and technical capability to carry out the project for which the application is made; and "(4) that the facilities and equipment acquired or developed pursuant to the application will be used substantially for the transmission, distribution, and delivery of health, education, or public or social service information. "(c) Upon approving any application under this section with respect to any project, the Secretary shall make a grant to or enter into a contract with the applicant in an amount determined by the Secretary not to exceed the reasonable and necessary cost of such project. The Secretary shall pay such amount from the sum available therefor, in advance or by way of reimbursement, and in such install- ments consistent with established practice, as he may determine. " ( d ) Funds made available pursuant to this section shall not be available for the construction, remodeling, or repair of structures to house the facilities or equipment acquired or developed with such funds, except that such funds may be used for minor remodeling which is necessary for and incident to the installation of such facilities or equipment.
90 STAT. 686 PUBLIC LAW 94-309—JUNE 5, 1976 "Nonbroadcast "(e) For purposes of this section, the term 'nonbroadcast telecom- telecommuni- munications facilities' includes, but is not limited to, cable television cations systems, communications satellite systems and related terminal equip- facilities." ment, and other methods of transmitting, emitting, or receiving images and sounds or intelligence by means of wire, radio, optical, electro- magnetic or other means. "(f) The funding of any demonstration pursuant to this section shall continue for not more than three years from the date of the original grant or contract. Summary and "(g) The Secretary shall require that the recipient of a grant or evaluation. contract under this section submit a summary and evaluation of the results of the demonstration at least annually for each year in which funds are received pursuant to this section. Appropriation "(h) There are authorized to be appropriated $1,000,000 for the authorization. fiscal year ending September 30, 1977, and $250,000 for the period July 1, 1976, through September 30, 1976, to carry out the provisions of this section. Sums appropriated under this subsection for any fiscal year or period shall remain available for payment of grants or con- tracts for projects for which applications approved under this section have been submitted within one year after the last day of such fiscal year or period.". Approved June 5, 1976. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 94-772 (Comm. on Interstate and Foreign Commerce). SENATE REPORT No. 94-813 (Comm. on Commerce). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 122 (1976): Jan. 20, considered and passed House. May 13, considered and passed Senate, amended. May 25, House concurred in Senate amendments.