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H.R.4635: Orphan County Telecommunications Rights Act of 2014

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about science, technology, communications
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Sponsor Robert B. Aderholt, R-Ala.
Total Cosponsors 5 (2 Democrats, 3 Republicans)
Introduced May 9, 2014
Latest Major Action July 21, 2014
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Bill Summary

Orphan County Telecommunications Rights Act of 2014 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to permit an adjacent underserved county of a television broadcast station to file a petition with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to be included in the local market of such station.

Defines "adjacent underserved county" as a county within a television broadcast station's adjacent market that is: (1) located in the same state as the station's community of license, and (2) not within the local market of any other station that is affiliated with the same television network and located in the same state.

Defines "adjacent market" as any designated market area adjacent to, and partially but not entirely in the same state as, the designated market area in which the station's community of license is located. Requires a county that is not within the local or adjacent market of any network station licensed to a community in the county's state to be c...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
July 21, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
May 16, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
May 9, 2014 Referred to House Judiciary
May 9, 2014 Referred to House Energy and Commerce