senate Bill S665

2013-2014 Legislative Session

Requires negotiation of fair terms between cable television franchisees and competing independent cable channels

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S665 - Details

Law Section:
Public Service Law
Laws Affected:
Amd ยง215, Pub Serv L
Versions Introduced in 2011-2012 Legislative Session:
S6230

S665 - Summary

Requires negotiation of fair terms between cable television franchisees and competing independent cable channels; requires the public service commission to conduct arbitration if such terms and conditions can not be reached; applies to all such agreements entered on or after January 1, 2013.

S665 - Sponsor Memo

S665 - Bill Text download pdf

                    S T A T E   O F   N E W   Y O R K
________________________________________________________________________

                                   665

                       2013-2014 Regular Sessions

                            I N  S E N A T E

                               (PREFILED)

                             January 9, 2013
                               ___________

Introduced  by  Sens.  AVELLA, ADDABBO, GRISANTI, SQUADRON -- read twice
  and ordered printed, and when printed to be committed to the Committee
  on Energy and Telecommunications

AN ACT to amend the public service law, in relation to requiring negoti-
  ation of fair terms between cable television franchisees and competing
  independent cable channels

  THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, REPRESENTED IN SENATE AND  ASSEM-
BLY, DO ENACT AS FOLLOWS:

  Section 1. Paragraph (b) of subdivision 2 of section 215 of the public
service  law,  as added by chapter 83 of the laws of 1995, is amended to
read as follows:
  (b) prescribe minimum standards for inclusion in franchises, including
maximum initial and renewal terms; minimum channel capacity;  provisions
regarding  access to, and facilities to make use of, channels for educa-
tion and public service programs; a requirement that no  such  franchise
may  be  exclusive;  standards  necessary  or appropriate to protect the
interests of viewers of free broadcast television and the public  gener-
ally,  which prohibit or limit cable television companies from prohibit-
ing or entering into agreements prohibiting the sale or  other  transfer
of  rights  for  the  simultaneous  or subsequent transmission over free
broadcast television of any program originated or transmitted over cable
television; PROVISIONS REQUIRING  FRANCHISEES  TO  NEGOTIATE  FAIRLY  TO
DETERMINE  THE  TERMS  AND  CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH COMPETING INDEPENDENT
CABLE CHANNELS WILL BE CARRIED BY THE FRANCHISEE AND, IN THE EVENT  SUCH
AGREEMENT  AS  TO  TERMS  AND  CONDITIONS  CANNOT BE REACHED, PROVISIONS
REQUIRING THE COMMISSION TO CONDUCT AN ARBITRATION OF  THE  MATTER;  and
such other standards for inclusion in franchises as the commission shall
deem necessary or appropriate to protect the public interest;
  S  2.  This  act  shall take effect immediately and shall apply to any
agreement between cable television franchisees and competing independent
cable channels entered into on or after January 1, 2013.

 EXPLANATION--Matter in ITALICS (underscored) is new; matter in brackets

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