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FCC 74.631
Revised as of October 20, 2020
Goto Year:2020 | 2022
  §  74.631   Permissible service.

   (a) The licensee of a television pickup station authorizes the
   transmission of program material, orders concerning such program
   material, and related communications necessary to the accomplishment of
   such transmissions, from the scenes of events occurring in places other
   than a television studio, to its associated television broadcast
   station, to an associated television relay station, to such other
   stations as are broadcasting the same program material, or to the
   network or networks with which the television broadcast station is
   affiliated. Television pickup stations may be operated in conjunction
   with other television broadcast stations not aformentioned in this
   paragraph: Provided, That the transmissions by the television pickup
   station are under the control of the licensee of the television pickup
   station and that such operation shall not exceed a total of 10 days in
   any 30-day period. Television pickup stations may be used to provide
   temporary studio-transmitter links or intercity relay circuits
   consistent with § 74.632 without further authority of the Commission:
   Provided, however, That prior Commission authority shall be obtained if
   the transmitting antenna to be installed will increase the height of
   any natural formation or man-made structure by more than 6.1 meters (20
   feet) and will be in existence for a period of more than 2 consecutive
   days.

   Note: As used in this subpart, “associated television broadcast
   station” means a television broadcast station licensed to the licensee
   of the television auxiliary broadcast station and with which the
   television auxiliary station is licensed as an auxiliary facility.

   (b) A television broadcast STL station is authorized to transmit visual
   program material between the studio and the transmitter of a television
   broadcast station for simultaneous or delayed broadcast.

   (c) A TV relay station is authorized to transmit visual program
   material between TV broadcast stations for simultaneous or delayed
   broadcast, or may be used to transmit visual program material from a
   remote pickup receiver site of a single station.

   (d) The transmitter of an STL, TV relay station or TV translator relay
   station may be multiplexed to provide additional communication
   channels. A TV broadcast STL or TV relay station will be authorized
   only in those cases where the principal use is the transmission of
   television broadcast program material for use by its associated TV
   broadcast station. However, STL or TV relay stations so licensed may be
   operated at any time for the transmission of multiplexed communications
   whether or not visual program material is being transmitted, provided
   that such operation does not cause harmful interference to TV broadcast
   pickup, STL or TV relay stations transmitting television broadcast
   program material.

   (e) Except as provided in paragraphs (a), (d), (f) and (j) of this
   section, all program material transmitted over a TV pickup, STL, or TV
   relay station shall be used by or intended for use by a TV broadcast
   station owned by or under the common control of the licensee of the TV
   pickup, STL, or TV relay station. Program material transmitted over a
   TV pickup, STL or TV relay station and so used by the licensee of such
   facility may, with the permission of the licensee of the broadcast
   auxiliary facility, be used by other TV broadcast stations and by
   non-broadcast closed circuit educational TV systems operated by
   educational institutions.

   (f) A TV broadcast pickup, STL, or TV relay station may be used for the
   transmission of material to be used by others, including but not
   limited to other broadcast stations, cable television systems, and
   educational institutions. This use shall not interfere with the use of
   these broadcast auxiliary facilities for the transmission of programs
   and associated material intended to be used by the television station
   or stations licensed to or under common control of the licensee of the
   TV pickup, STL, or TV relay station. This use of the broadcast
   auxiliary facilities must not cause harmful interference to broadcast
   auxiliary stations operating in accordance with the basic frequency
   allocation, and the licensee of the TV pickup, STL, or TV relay station
   must retain exclusive control over the operation of the facilities.
   Prior to operating pursuant to the provisions of this section, the
   licensee shall, for the intended location or area-of-operation, notify
   the appropriate frequency coordination committee or any licensee(s)
   assigned the use of the proposed operating frequency, concerning the
   particulars of the intended operation and must provide the name and
   telephone number of a person who may be contacted in the event of
   interference.

   (g) Except as provided in paragraph (d) of this section, a television
   translator relay station is authorized for the purpose of relaying the
   programs and signals of a television broadcast station to television
   broadcast translator stations for simultaneous retransmission.

   (h) A TV microwave booster station is authorized to retransmit the
   signals of a TV pickup, TV STL, TV relay, or TV translator relay
   station.

   (i) TV broadcast auxiliary stations authorized pursuant to this subpart
   may additionally be authorized to supply programs and signals of TV
   broadcast stations to cable television systems or CARS stations. Where
   the licensee of a TV broadcast auxiliary station supplies programs and
   signals to cable television systems or CARS stations, the TV auxiliary
   licensee must have exclusive control over the operation of the TV
   auxiliary stations licensed to it. Contributions to capital and
   operating expenses may be accepted only on a cost-sharing, non-profit
   basis, prorated on an equitable basis among all parties being supplied
   with program material.

   (j) A broadcast network-entity may use television auxiliary service
   stations to transmit their own television program materials to
   broadcast stations, other broadcast network-entities, cable systems and
   cable network-entities: Provided, however, that the bands 1990-2110
   MHz, 6425-6525 MHz and 6875-7125 MHz may be used by broadcast
   network-entities only for television pick-up stations.

   [ 28 FR 13718 , Dec. 14, 1963, as amended at  29 FR 15524 , Nov. 19, 1964;
    43 FR 1950 , Jan. 13, 1978;  44 FR 32381 , June 6, 1979;  47 FR 55937 , Dec.
   14, 1982;  48 FR 17092 , Apr. 21, 1983;  49 FR 7130 , Feb. 27, 1984;  52 FR 7142 , Mar. 9, 1987;  68 FR 12769 , Mar. 17, 2003]

   


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