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Public Broadcasting Self-Sufficiency Act of 1996, H.R. 2979, introduced by Rep. Jack Fields, 1996; no action taken

A bill governing the phase-out of federal appropriations to CPB, introduced in the House, Feb. 28, 1996, by Rep. Jack Fields (R-Tex.), then chairman of the House telecommunications subcommittee. Cosponsors: Porter, Oxley, Moorhead, Schaefer, Barton (Tex.), Hastert, Gillmor and Frisa. This text was originally posted on the Library of Congress web site.

To ensure the financial self-sufficiency of public broadcasting, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

TITLE I--TRANSITION FROM FEDERAL FUNDING

Subtitle A--Public Broadcasting Station Opportunities

SEC. 101. DEFINITIONS.

SEC. 102. EXPANDED UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES.

SEC. 103. PUBLIC/COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIPS.

SEC. 104. CONVERSION OF STATIONS TO COMMERCIAL STATUS.

`SEC. [Struck out->][ 399D. ][<-Struck out] TELEVISION CHANNEL EXCHANGES.

SEC. 105. REMUNERATIVE USES OF OVERLAPPING STATIONS.

`SEC. [Struck out->][ 399E. ][<-Struck out] REMUNERATIVE USES OF OVERLAPPING STATIONS.

Subtitle B--Corporation for Public Broadcasting Financial Flexibility

SEC. 121. RELAXATION AND REDUCTION OF STATUTORY MANDATES.


support culture, and foster citizenship for all Americans;

TITLE II--PRIVATIZATION OF THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING

SEC. 201. CONVERSION OF CORPORATION.

`Board of Directors

`Termination of Provisions

SEC. 202. ESTABLISHMENT OF TRUST FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.

`SEC. 396A. TRUST FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING.

funds made available under this section. The instruments governing such trust fund shall provide--


`(3) the trust fund income shall be available in accordance with the bylaws of the Corporation--

`(5) AUTHORITY TO COMPENSATE RELINQUISHING LICENSEES- The Commission may enter into agreements with public broadcasting entities for the purpose of making available additional stations for allocation by competitive bidding under paragraph (1). Such agreements may provide that a public broadcasting entity that agrees to relinquish its station license may obtain 50 percent of the proceeds of the competitive bidding for the spectrum previously allocated to that station. Any such agreement shall provide that any amounts provided to such entity under this paragraph shall be used to support public broadcasting or education.


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