S.124 - Satellite and Cable Access Act of 2007110th Congress (2007-2008)
Text: S.124 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)
There is one version of the bill.
Introduced in Senate (01/04/2007)
[Congressional Bills 110th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 124 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 110th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 124 To provide certain counties with the ability to receive television broadcast signals of their choice. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES January 4, 2007 Mr. Allard introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To provide certain counties with the ability to receive television broadcast signals of their choice. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Satellite and Cable Access Act of 2007''. SEC. 2. SATELLITE CARRIAGE OF TELEVISION BROADCAST SIGNALS. Section 119(a)(2)(C) of title 17, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by redesignating clause (v) as clause (vi); (2) by inserting after clause (v) the following: ``(v) Further additional stations.--If 2 adjacent counties in a single State are in a local market comprised principally of counties located in another State, the statutory license provided for in subparagraph (A) shall apply to the secondary transmission by a satellite carrier to subscribers in those 2 counties of the primary transmissions of any network station located in the capital of the State in which such 2 counties are located, if-- ``(I) the 2 counties are located in the 46th largest designated market area for the year 2005 according to Nielsen Media Research; and ``(II) the total number of television households in the 2 counties combined did not exceed 30,000 for the year 2005 according to Nielsen Media Research.''; and (3) in clause (vi) as redesignated, by striking ``and (iv)'' and inserting ``(iv), and (v)''. SEC. 3. CABLE CARRIAGE OF TELEVISON BROADCAST SIGNALS. 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: ``SEC. 342. CARRIAGE OF SIGNALS TO CERTAIN TELEVISION MARKET AREAS. ``(a) In General.--Notwithstanding any other provision of law, each cable operator providing service in an eligible area may elect to carry the primary signal of any network station located in the capital of the State in which such area is located. ``(b) Definitions.--As used in this section: ``(1) Eligible area.--The term `eligible area' means 1 of 2 counties that-- ``(A) are all in a single State; ``(B) on the date of enactment of the Satellite and Cable Access Act of 2007, were each located in-- ``(i) the 46th largest designated market area for the year 2005 according to Nielsen Media Research; and ``(ii) a designated market area comprised principally of counties located in another State; and ``(C) as a group had a total number of television households that when combined did not exceed 30,000 for the year 2005 according to Nielsen Media Research. ``(2) Network station.--The term `network station' has the same meaning as in section 119(d) of title 17, United States Code.''.