FCC 73.621 Revised as of October 1, 2014
Goto Year:2013 |
§ 73.621 Noncommercial educational TV stations.
In addition to the other provisions of this subpart, the following
shall be applicable to noncommercial educational television broadcast
(a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, noncommercial
educational broadcast stations will be licensed only to nonprofit
educational organizations upon a showing that the proposed stations
will be used primarily to serve the educational needs of the community;
for the advancement of educational programs; and to furnish a nonprofit
and noncommercial television broadcast service.
(1) In determining the eligibility of publicly supported educational
organizations, the accreditation of their respective state departments
of education shall be taken into consideration.
(2) In determining the eligibility of privately controlled educational
organizations, the accreditation of state departments of education or
recognized regional and national educational accrediting organizations
shall be taken into consideration.
(b) Where a municipality or other political subdivision has no
independently constituted educational organization such as, for
example, a board of education having autonomy with respect to carrying
out the municipality's educational program, such municipality shall be
eligible for a noncommercial educational television broadcast station.
In such circumstances, a full and detailed showing must be made that a
grant of the application will be consistent with the intent and purpose
of the Commission's rules and regulations relating to such stations.
(c) Noncommercial educational television broadcast stations may
transmit educational, cultural and entertainment programs, and programs
designed for use by schools and school systems in connection with
regular school courses, as well as routine and administrative material
(d) A noncommercial educational television station may broadcast
programs produced by or at the expense of, or furnished by persons
other than the licensee, if no other consideration than the furnishing
of the program and the costs incidental to its production and broadcast
are received by the licensee. The payment of line charges by another
station, network, or someone other than the licensee of a noncommercial
educational television station, or general contributions to the
operating costs of a station, shall not be considered as being
prohibited by this paragraph.
(e) Each station shall furnish a nonprofit and noncommercial broadcast
service. Noncommercial educational television stations shall be subject
to the provisions of § 73.1212 to the extent that they are applicable
to the broadcast of programs produced by, or at the expense of, or
furnished by others. No promotional announcements on behalf of for
profit entities shall be broadcast at any time in exchange for the
receipt, in whole or in part, of consideration to the licensee, its
principals, or employees. However, acknowledgements of contributions
can be made. The scheduling of any announcements and acknowledgements
may not interrupt regular programming.
Note: Commission interpretation of this rule, including the acceptable
form of acknowledgements, may be found in the Second Report and Order
in Docket No. 21136 (Commission Policy Concerning the Noncommercial
Nature of Educational Broadcast Stations), 86 F.C.C. 2d 141 (1981); the
Memorandum Opinion and Order in Docket No. 21136, 90 FCC 2d 895 (1982),
and the Memorandum Opinion and Order in Docket 21136, 49 FR 13534 ,
April 5, 1984.
(f) Telecommunications Service on the Vertical Blanking Interval and in
the Visual Signal. The provisions governing VBI and visual signal
telecommunications service in § 73.646 are applicable to noncommercial
educational TV stations.
(g) Non-program related data signals transmitted on Line 21 pursuant to
§ 73.682(a)(22)(ii) may be used for remunerative purposes.
(h) Mutually exclusive applications for noncommercial educational TV
stations operating on reserved channels shall be resolved pursuant to
the point system in subpart K.
(i) With respect to the provision of advanced television services, the
requirements of this section will apply to the entire digital bitstream
of noncommercial educational television stations, including the
provision of ancillary or supplementary services.
[ 28 FR 13660 , Dec. 14, 1963, as amended at 35 FR 7558 , May 15, 1970; 47 FR 36179 , Aug. 19, 1982; 48 FR 27068 , June 13, 1983; 49 FR 29069 , July
18, 1984; 50 FR 4664 , Feb. 1, 1985; 50 FR 4684 , Feb. 1, 1985; 61 FR 36304 , July 10, 1996; 65 FR 36378 , June 8, 2000; 66 FR 58982 , Nov. 26,
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