Text: H.R.4469 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)

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[Congressional Bills 112th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 4469 Introduced in House (IH)]

112th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 4469

  To provide certain counties with the ability to receive television 
                   broadcast signals of their choice.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             April 19, 2012

   Mr. Tipton (for himself, Mr. Coffman of Colorado, and Mr. Polis) 
 introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on 
the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, 
for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case 
for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of 
                        the committee concerned

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                                 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 ``Four Corners Television Access Act 
of 2012''.

SEC. 2. SATELLITE CARRIAGE OF CERTAIN TELEVISION BROADCAST SIGNALS.

    Section 122(a)(4)(C) of title 17, United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by redesignating clauses (i) and (ii) as subclauses (I) 
        and (II), respectively, and moving such clauses 2 ems to the 
        right;
            (2) by striking ``(C) Additional stations.--In the case of 
        that State'' and inserting the following:
                    ``(C) Additional stations.--
                            ``(i) Certain small counties.--In the case 
                        of that State in which are located 2 counties 
                        that--
                                    ``(I) 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,
                        the statutory license provided under this 
                        paragraph shall apply to secondary 
                        transmissions by a satellite carrier to 
                        subscribers in any such county of the primary 
                        transmissions of any network station located in 
                        that State, if the satellite carrier was making 
                        such secondary transmissions to any subscribers 
                        in that county on January 1, 2008.
                            ``(ii) Other counties.--In the case of a 
                        State--''.

SEC. 3. CABLE CARRIAGE OF CERTAIN TELEVISION BROADCAST SIGNAL.

    Section 341 of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 341) is 
amended by adding at the end the following:
    ``(c) Rule of Construction.--
            ``(1) Significantly viewed.--Each television broadcast 
        station broadcasting in the designated market area of a State 
        capital is deemed significantly viewed in a covered county 
        within the meaning of section 76.54 of title 47, Code of 
        Federal Regulations, for purposes of the carriage and 
        retransmission of the signals of such broadcast station by a 
        cable system, translator, or other multichannel video 
        programming distributor.
            ``(2) Retransmission permitted.--Notwithstanding the 
        provisions of section 325(b), a cable system, translator, or 
        other multichannel video programming distributor may retransmit 
        the signal of any television broadcast station described in 
        paragraph (1) within a covered county.
            ``(3) Definition of covered county.--For purposes of this 
        subsection, a county is a covered county if--
                    ``(A) it is 1 of 2 counties located in the 46th 
                largest designated market area for the year 2005 
                according to Nielsen Media Research; and
                    ``(B) 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.''.
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