McCain Bill (S. 303)
Imposes must-carry rules from the 1992 Cable Act onDBS carriers that elect to serve markets with local TV signals. All stations in a servedmarket must be carried no later than Jan. 1, 2002.
Coble Bill (H.R. 1027)
The same Jan. 1, 2002, deadline would apply, but thelanguage used is quite general, and it makes no reference, as McCain's bill does, tothe cable must-carry provisions contained in the 1992 Cable Act.
Other provisions are similar to the Hatch bill.
Hatch Bill (S. 247)
Amends copyright law to permit DBS carriers to servehome-dish owners with their local TV signals. No copyright royalties have to be paid, andthe license is permanent
Cuts monthly copyright fees for distant networksfrom 27 cents per signal, per subscriber to 14.8 cents, and for superstations from 27cents to 18.9 cents.
Extends the distant-signal compulsory license fromDec. 31, 1999, to Dec. 31, 2004.
Vacates law stating that former cable subscribershave to wait 90 days before becoming eligible to buy distant networks via satellite.