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S.912: Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about science, technology, communications
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Sponsor John McCain, R-Ariz.
Total Cosponsors 2 (All Democrats)
Introduced May 9, 2013
Latest Major Action May 9, 2013
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Bill Summary

Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013 - Allows multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) (including cable operators, multichannel multipoint distribution services, direct broadcast satellite services, or television receive-only satellite program distributors), except with respect to the minimum contents of programming required for basic tier service, to provide subscribers with any channel of video programming on an a la carte basis.

Defines "a la carte" as offering video programming for wholesale or retail purchase on an individual, per-channel basis rather than as part of a package or tier of video programming.

Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to modify the types of programming constituting the minimum contents of basic tier service.

Conditions the availability of the statutory copyright license to an MVPD on the MVPD offering local commercial television stations, and any other channels of video programming under common control with such st...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 9, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.