Bill Name: Media Antitrust Act
Bill Description: AN ACT

To prevent the FCC from licensing TV and radio stations to organizations that run newspapers in the same local market, and to prevent the FCC from allowing a single organization to own two top 4 rated TV broadcast stations.

WHEREAS the consolidation of newspapers, radio stations and television stations in local markets threaten to limit the public's access to news from differing sources,

WHEREAS the operation of a broadcast station requires a license granted by the FCC, and thus are subject to regulation by the FCC,

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

Section A - Definitions

DEFINITION: For all references to 47 CFR 73, the relevent technical information can be found here:
http://www.fcc.gov/mb/audio/bickel/amfmrule.html#FM

Section B - Ban on the joint operation of broadcast stations and newspapers in a single market, ban on operating two or more top 4 rated broadcast TV stations in a single market

None of the funds allocated to the Federal Communications Commission may be expended to grant, transfer, or assign any license for any broadcast station if--

(1 - "if you also run a newspaper in the same market") the party (including all parties under common control) to which such license would be granted, transferred, or assigned directly or indirectly owns, operates or controls a daily newspaper and the grant, transfer, or assignment of such license will result in:

(A) the predicted or measured 2 mV/m contour of an AM station, computed in accordance with 47 CFR 73.183 or 73.186, encompassing the entire community in which such newspaper is published;

(B) the predicted 1 mV/m contour for an FM station, computed in accordance with 47 CFR 73.313, encompassing the entire community in which such newspaper is published; or

(C) the Grade A contour of a TV station, computed in accordance with 47 CFR 73.684, encompassing the entire community in which such newspaper is published; or

(2 - "if you're trying to run more than one top 4 rated broadcast TV station in the same market" ) as a result of such grant, transfer, or assignment an entity would directly or indirectly own, operate, or control two television stations licensed in the same Designated Market Area (DMA) (as determined by Nielsen Media Research or any successor entity), unless--

(A) the Grade B contours of the stations (as determined by 47 CFR 73.684) do not overlap; or

(B)(i) at the time the application to acquire or construct the station is filed, at least one of the stations is not ranked among the top four stations in the DMA, based on the most recent all-day (9:00 a.m.-midnight) audience share, as measured by Nielsen Media Research or by any comparable professional, accepted audience ratings service; and

(ii) at least 8 independently owned and operating, full-power commercial and noncommercial TV stations would remain post-merger in the television market in which the communities of license of the TV stations in question are located and--

(I) count only those stations the Grade B signal contours of which overlap with the Grade B signal contour of at least one of the stations in the proposed combination; but

(II) in areas where there is no Nielsen DMA, count the TV stations present in an area that would be the functional equivalent of a TV market and count only those TV stations the Grade B signal contours of which overlap with the Grade B signal contour of at least one of the stations in the proposed combination.

Respectfully Submitted,
Senator Stryker, D-OH
Representative Grim Reaper, D-MT
Bill Author: Stryker (D-OH)
Lobby Groups:
Aye: 123
Nay: 31
Present: 26

Representatives voting Aye:
FVPXXII (R-AL)
Thud (D-AL)
Ronald Reagon (R-AL)
Arthur Jensen (D-AZ)
paragonAZ (D-AZ)
Bubba (D-AR)
Michael Wong (D-CA)
Ace Frehley (R-CA)
Ed Doe (D-CA)
C Hunt Coulter (D-CA)
dbrown (D-CA)
paragonCA (D-CA)
James McCovey (R-CA)
John Marshall (D-CA)
Ralph Allen (R-CA)
Kevin Vaughn (D-CA)
Carey Galle (D-CA)
Left of Left (G-CA)
TomHatesArnold (D-CA)
MattW.CA (G-CA)
VitterCa (R-CA)
calgreen (G-CA)
Lord Blackadder (D-CO)
Elvish Magi CO (D-CO)
bkct (D-CT)
EleriaCT (D-CT)
Elbert Carvel (D-DE)
Claude Pepper (D-FL)
Chas Diaz (D-FL)
paragon FL (D-FL)
Ninja Warrior (R-FL)
Shane Dugan (D-FL)
Savant FL (D-FL)
dkuo11 (R-GA)
TABBeas Corpus (D-GA)
Ed Ha (D-HI)
NebulaIL (D-IL)
cubsfan67 (D-IL)
Illinoise!!! (G-IL)
Savant IL (D-IL)
Harry Caray (R-IL)
EleriaIL (D-IL)
Shane Chi (D-IL)
james kirk (R-IN)
bkin (D-IN)
EleriaIN (D-IN)
Senor Bananas (R-IA)
George Docking (D-KS)
FVPXX (R-KY)
Seabiscuit (R-KY)
Bob Babineaux (D-LA)
Mr. Johnson (R-ME)
lordjeebus (D-MD)
Ed Ma (D-MA)
Baxley Robuck IV (D-MA)
Epona Oriana (G-MI)
Bernard O'Higgins (D-MI)
Savant MI (D-MI)
Eleria (D-MI)
Anders (R-MN)
mj (D-MN)
bkmn (D-MN)
Crimson Viking, Jr. (R-MN)
FVPXXV (R-MS)
Elvish Magi MS (D-MS)
jaynixonforgov (D-MO)
bkmo (D-MO)
Crimson Cardinal (R-MO)
TomLovesCMcCaskill (D-MO)
Joe Dirt (R-NE)
Jackpot Kennedy (D-NV)
Capsaicin (D-NH)
Ed Hudson (D-NJ)
Chas Andrews (D-NJ)
paragonNJ (D-NJ)
Begoner (D-NJ)
DarkGamemaster (D-NM)
Lucas Cade (G-NM)
Ralph Oriana (G-NY)
NebulaNY (D-NY)
Bigone (D-NY)
GenJCChristianPatriot (D-NY)
Baldrickus (D-NY)
Mbenjamin5 (D-NY)
Kevin Vaughn-Dugan (D-NY)
A. Republican (R-NY)
yanksfan (D-NY)
Apollo Creed (R-NC)
Locust Sang (D-ND)
Aidan Oriana (G-OH)
Myers Cooper (R-OH)
Savant Ohio (D-OH)
Elvish Magi OH (D-OH)
TomLovesSherrodBrown (D-OH)
Elvish Magi OK (D-OK)
Oral Roberts (D-OK)
David Unger (D-PA)
Bigone2 (D-PA)
Nebula PA (D-PA)
ClarenceThomas (G-PA)
Steve McQueen (R-PA)
Wesley G. (C-PA)
Carey Galle II (D-PA)
Elliot (D-RI)
Stetson Kennedy II (D-SC)
Husky Immortal (R-SC)
ClelandisaHeropv (D-SC)
Lord ECK (D-SD)
FVPXXIII (R-TN)
TomHatesLamarCorker (D-TN)
Elizabeth Rivera (D-TX)
Nemesis Enforcer (D-TX)
George Allen (R-TX)
Confederate=Traitor (D-TX)
Chas Robb (D-VA)
ReagansRottingCorpse (D-VA)
Kneight Bauer, III (D-WA)
dzeggetai (D-WA)
Senor Pins (R-WA)
vitterw (R-WA)
RoB-WV (R-WV)
John Davis (D-WV)
Cillian Oriana (G-WI)

Representatives voting Nay:
King Remedy (C-AL)
Don Young (R-AK)
Corey D. Bowen (C-CA)
Dr. 7man (L-CA)
Nadia Nemesis (R-CA)
Wes (C-CA)
Cal Liberty (L-CA)
Mike Bond CALI (D-CA)
Matthew Faustini (R) (R-FL)
G550 fl (C-FL)
Johnny Isaakson (R-GA)
Idaho Liberty (L-ID)
Corey D. Bowen I (C-IL)
Dr. McBell (L-MD)
dope8 (L-NE)
Maxwell Jones (D-NV)
G550 nj (C-NJ)
Joao (D-NY)
G550 nc (C-NC)
Ron Paul Chaw (L-NC)
Corey Bowen OH (C-OH)
Stephen Colbert (R-PA)
Corey D. Bowen III (C-TX)
dfa (C-TX)
Wesley (C-TX)
Texas Liberty (L-TX)
Tiberius (C-TX)
Dale Gribble (R-TX)
dope9 (L-UT)
G. W. Whitehurst (R-VA)
Richard B. Cheney (R-WY)

Representatives answering "Present":
mmartin2 (R-AZ)
dfa1 (C-AR)
Califorina Dem (D-CA)
Gibson2 (R-CO)
Peter Criss (R-FL)
Burnside xTNAx (D-IL)
Pickle Muncher (D-KS)
Ruth Johnson (D-KY)
Tim Allen (R-LA)
Baluchatherium (R-LA)
Grim Reaper (D-MT)
Stendido (D-NY)
Fern (D-NY)
gop112 (R-NY)
John Ashbrook (R-NC)
mikemaw (R-NC)
Rob for Oregon (D-OR)
Rob for PA (D-PA)
The Grim Reaper (D-TN)
dope10 (L-TX)
Grimm (D-UT)
Malashaan (D-VT)
Tiki Barber (R-VA)
Rob for Virginia (D-VA)
dzgWI (C-WI)
Rob for Wisconsin (D-WI)

Representatives not voting yet:
murrayhead (R-AZ)
Matthew Faustini CA (R-CA)
dandrus4888 (C-CA)
Pope Pius (D-CA)
Matthew Faustini CO (R-CO)
Brad Brunell (D-FL)
llm (R-FL)
Bucksizzle (R-FL)
Richard Heying (L-GA)
Buck4Prez (R-GA)
waginator (D-GA)
Pope Urban V (D-IL)
dzgIN (C-IN)
iamod (D-IA)
mmartin (R-LA)
Joker of Maryland (R-MD)
KEITH TAYLOR JR. (D-MD)
nicvaliant (D-MA)
irishmastermind (D-MA)
DeroyalGop2 (R-MI)
Teddy R (G-MI)
Arthur Resso (D-MI)
Pope Gregory IV (D-MI)
Joker of Jersey (R-NJ)
nvnf (D-NY)
ATownBuck (R-NC)
Roosevelt (G-OH)
MakeshiftPatriot0 (R-OH)
Joker of Oregon (R-OR)
dzgPA (C-PA)
Corso (C-TN)
Jason Ramsey (D-TX)
Russell (R-TX)
Matthew Faustini TX (R-TX)
witten (R-TX)
Pope Innocent IV (D-TX)
whec (R-VA)
Joker of Wisconsin (R-WI)
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