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S. 3524 - To provide for the carriage of certain television broadcast stations, and for other purposes.

Introduced: 2018-09-27
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3524


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


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 27, 2018

    Mr. Markey (for himself and Ms. Warren) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


A BILL

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

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 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.


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