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FCC 73.1207
Revised as of December 4, 2012
Goto Year:2011 | 2013
§  73.1207   Rebroadcasts.

   (a) The term rebroadcast means reception by radio of the programs or
   other transmissions of a broadcast or any other type of radio station,
   and the simultaneous or subsequent retransmission of such programs or
   transmissions by a broadcast station.

   (1) As used in this section, “program” includes any complete programs
   or part thereof.

   (2) The transmission of a program from its point of origin to a
   broadcast station entirely by common carrier facilities, whether by
   wire line or radio, is not considered a rebroadcast.

   (3) The broadcasting of a program relayed by a remote pickup broadcast
   station is not considered a rebroadcast.

   (b) No broadcast station may retransmit the program, or any part
   thereof, of another U.S. broadcast station without the express
   authority of the originating station. A copy of the written consent of
   the licensee originating the program must be kept by the licensee of
   the station retransmitting such program and made available to the FCC
   upon request.

   (1) Stations originating emergency communications under a State EAS
   plan are considered to have conferred rebroadcast authority to other
   participating stations.

   (2) Permission must be obtained from the originating station to
   rebroadcast any subsidiary communications transmitted by means of a
   multiplex subcarrier or telecommunications service on the vertical
   blanking interval or in the visual signal of a television signal.

   (3) Programs originated by the Voice of America (VOA) and the Armed
   Forces Radio and Television Services (AFRTS) cannot, in general, be
   cleared for domestic rebroadcast, and may therefore be retransmitted
   only by special arrangements among the parties concerned.

   (4) Except as otherwise provided by international agreement, programs
   originated by foreign broadcast stations may be retransmitted without
   the consent of the originating station.

   (c) The transmissions of non-broadcast stations may be rebroadcast
   under the following conditions:

   (1) Messages originated by privately-owned non-broadcast stations other
   than those in the Amateur and Citizens Band (CB) Radio Services may be
   broadcast only upon receipt of prior permission from the non-broadcast
   licensee. Additionally, messages transmitted by common carrier stations
   may be rebroadcast only upon prior permission of the originator of the
   message as well as the station licensee.

   (2) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, messages
   originated entirely by non-broadcast stations owned and operated by the
   Federal Government may be rebroadcast only upon receipt of prior
   permission from the government agency originating the messages.

   (3) Messages originated by stations in the amateur and Citizens Band
   (CB) radio services may be rebroadcast at the discretion of broadcast
   station licensees.

   (4) Emergency communications originated under a State EAS plan.

   (d) The rebroadcasting of time signals originated by the Naval
   Observatory and the National Bureau of Standards and messages from the
   National Weather Service stations is permitted without specific
   authorization under the following procedures:

   (1) Naval Observatory Time Signals. (i) The time signals rebroadcast
   must be obtained by direct radio reception from a naval radio station,
   or by land line circuits.

   (ii) Announcement of the time signal must be made without reference to
   any commercial activity.

   (iii) Identification of the Naval Observatory as the source of the time
   signal must be made by an announcement, substantially as follows: “With
   the signal, the time will be  .  .  .  courtesy of the U.S. Naval

   (iv) Schedules of time signal broadcasts may be obtained upon request
   from the Superintendent, U.S. Naval Observatory, Washington, DC 20390.

   (2) National Bureau of Standards Time Signals. (i) Time signals for
   rebroadcast must be obtained by direct radio reception from a National
   Bureau of Standards (NBS) station.

   (ii) Use of receiving and rebroadcasting equipment must not delay the
   signals by more than 0.05 second.

   (iii) Signals must be rebroadcast live, not from tape or other

   (iv) Voice or code announcements of the call signs of NBS stations are
   not to be rebroadcast.

   (v) Identification of the origin of the service and the source of the
   signals must be made by an announcement substantially as follows: “At
   the tone, 11 hours 25 minutes Coordinated Universal Time. This is a
   rebroadcast of a continous service furnished by the National Bureau of
   Standards, Ft. Collins, Colo.” No commercial sponsorship of this
   announcement is permitted and none may be implied.

   (vi) Schedules of time signal broadcasts may be obtained from, and
   notice of use of NBS time signals for rebroadcast must be forwarded
   semiannually to:

   National Bureau of Standards, Radio Stations WWV/WWVB, 2000 East County
   Road 58, Ft. Collins, Colorado 80524.

   (vii) In the rebroadcasting of NBS time signals, announcements will not
   state that they are standard frequency transmissions. Voice
   announcements of Coordinated Universal Time are given in voice every
   minute. Each minute, except the first of the hour, begins with an 0.8
   second long tone of 1000 hertz at WWV and 1200 hertz tone at WWVH. The
   first minute of every hour begins with an 0.8 second long tone of 1500
   hertz at both stations. This tone is followed by a 3-second pause, than
   the announcement, “National Bureau of Standards Time.” This is followed
   by another 3-second pause before station identification. This
   arrangement allows broadcast stations sufficient time to retransmit the
   hour time tone and the words “National Bureau of Standards Time” either
   by manual or automatic switching.

   (viii) Time signals or scales made up from integration of standard
   frequency signals broadcast from NBS stations may not be designated as
   national standard scales of time or attributed to the NBS as
   originator. For example, if a broadcasting station transmits time
   signals obtained from a studio clock which is periodically calibrated
   against the NBS time signals from WWV or WWVH, such signals may not be
   announced as NBS standard time or as having been originated by the NBS.

   (3) National Weather Service Messages. (i) Messages of the National
   Weather Service must be rebroadcast within 1 hour of receipt.

   (ii) If advertisements are given in connection with weather
   rebroadcast, these advertisements must not directly or indirectly
   convey an endorsement by the U.S. Government of the products or
   services so advertised.

   (iii) Credit must be given to indicate that the rebroadcast message
   originates with the National Weather Service.

   [ 44 FR 36040 , June 20, 1979, as amended at  45 FR 26065 , Apr. 17, 1980;
    48 FR 28456 , June 22, 1983;  50 FR 25246 , June 18, 1985;  59 FR 67102 ,
   Dec. 28, 1994;  61 FR 36305 , July 10, 1996]

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