Page:United States Statutes at Large Volume 106 Part 2.djvu/598

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106 STAT. 1478 PUBLIC LAW 102-385—OCT. 5, 1992 "(2)(A) SYSTEMS WITH 12 OR FEWER CHANNELS. —Notwithstanding paragraph (1), a cable operator of a cable system with 12 or fewer usable activated channels shall be reqxiired to carry the signal of one quahfied local noncommercial educationaJ television station; except that a cable operator of such a system shall comply with subsection (c) and may, in its discretion, carry the signals of other qualified noncommercial educational television stations. "(B) In the case of a cable system described in subparagraph (A) which operates beyond the presence of any qualified local noncommercial educational television station— "(i) the cable operator shall import and carry on that system the signal of one qualified noncommercial educational television station;

    • (ii) the selection for carriage of such a signal shall

be at the election of the cable operator; and "(iii) in order to satisfy the requirements for carriage specified in this subsection, the cable operator of the system shall not be required to remove any other programming service actually provided to subscribers on March 29, 1990; except that such cable operator shall use the first channel available to satisfy the requirements of this subparagraph. "(3) SYSTEMS WITH 13 TO 36 CHANNELS. —(A) Subject to subsection (c), a cable operator of a cable system with 13 to 36 usable activated channels— "(i) shall carry the signal of at least one qualified local noncommercial educational television station but shall not be required to carry the signals of more than three such stations, and

    • (ii) may, in its discretion, carry additional such stations.

(B) In the case of a cable system described in this paragraph which operates beyond the presence of any qualified local noncommercial educational television station, the cable operator shall import and carry on that system the signal of at least one qualified noncommercial educational television station to comply with subparagraph (A)(i). "(C) The cable operator of a cable system described in this paragraph which carries the signal of a qualified local noncommercial educational station af^ated with a State public television network shall not be required to carry the signal of any additionalqualified local noncommercial educational television stations afinliated with the same network if the programming of such additional stations is substantially duplicated by me programming of the qualified local noncommercial educational television station receiving carriage. "(D) A cable operator of a system described in this paragraph which increases the usable activated channel capacity of the system to more than 36 channels on or after March 29, 1990, shall, in accordsince with the other provisions of this section, carry the signal of each qualified local noncommercial educational television station requesting carriage, subject to subsection (e). "(c) CONTINUED CARRIAGE OP EXISTING STATIONS. —Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, all cable operators shall continue to provide carriage to all qualified local noncommercial educationed television stations whose signals were car-