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Carriage of Digital Television Broadcast Signals

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Federal Communications Commission.


Correcting amendments.


This document makes a number of minor corrections to the Commission rules pertaining to retransmission consent which were published in the Federal Register of Monday March 26, 2001 (66 FR 16533) regarding carriage of digital television broadcast signals.


Effective April 9, 2002.

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Kenneth Lewis, Media Bureau, (202) 418-2622.

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The First Report and Order, FCC 01-22, adopted January 18, 2001; released January 23, 2001, approved a final rule for carriage of digital television broadcast signals. In this document we make non-substantive rules changes to correct errors in the publication of §76.64 of the Commission's rules.

Need for Correction

As published, the final regulations contain errors which may prove to be misleading and need to be clarified.

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List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 76

  • Retransmission consent
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Federal Communications Commission.

William F. Caton,

Acting Secretary.

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Accordingly, 47 CFR part 76 is corrected by making the following correcting amendments:

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1.The authority citation for Part 76 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 153, 154, 301, 302, 303, 303a, 307, 308, 309, 312, 315, 317, 325, 336, 338, 339, 503, 521, 522, 531, 532, 533, 534, 535, 536, 537, 543, 544, 544a, 545, 548, 549, 552, 554, 556, 558, 560, 561, 571, 572, 573.

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2.Revise paragraphs (j), (k) and (l) of § 76.64 to read as follows:

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Retransmission consent.
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(j) Retransmission consent agreements between a broadcast station and a multichannel video programming distributor shall be in writing and shall specify the extent of the consent being granted, whether for the entire signal or any portion of the signal. This rule applies for either the analog or the digital signal of a television station.

(k) A cable system commencing new operation is required to notify all local commercial and noncommercial broadcast stations of its intent to commence service. The cable operator must send such notification, by certified mail, at least 60 days prior to commencing cable service. Commercial broadcast stations must notify the cable system within 30 days of the receipt of such notice of their election for either must-carry or retransmission consent with respect to such new cable system. If the commercial broadcast station elects must-carry, it must also indicate its channel position in its election statement to the cable system. Such election shall remain valid for the remainder of any three-year election interval, as established in § 76.64(f)(2). Noncommercial educational broadcast stations should notify the cable operator of their request for carriage and their channel position. The new cable system must notify each station if its signal quality does not meet the standards for carriage and if any copyright liability would be incurred for the carriage of such signal. Pursuant to § 76.57(e), a commercial broadcast station which fails to respond to such a notice shall be deemed to be a must-carry station for the remainder of the current three-year election period.

(l) Exclusive retransmission consent agreements are prohibited. No television broadcast station shall make or negotiate any agreement with one multichannel video programming distributor for carriage to the exclusion of other multichannel video programming distributors. This paragraph shall terminate at midnight on December 31, 2005.

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[FR Doc. 02-8558 Filed 4-8-02; 8:45 am]