Table of Parts
Sec. 76.1 Purpose.
Sec. 76.3 Other pertinent rules.
Sec. 76.5 Definitions.
Sec. 76.6 General pleading requirements.
Sec. 76.7 General special relief, waiver, enforcement, complaint, show cause,
forfeiture, and declaratory ruling procedures.
Sec. 76.8 Status conference.
Sec. 76.9 Confidentiality of proprietary information.
Sec. 76.10 Review.
Sec. 76.11 Lockbox enforcement.
Subpart B—Registration Statements
Sec. 76.29 Special temporary authority.
Subpart C—Cable Franchise Applications
Sec. 76.41 Franchise application process.
Subpart D—Carriage of Television Broadcast Signals
Sec. 76.51 Major television markets.
Sec. 76.53 Reference points.
Sec. 76.54 Significantly viewed signals; method to be followed for special
Sec. 76.55 Definitions applicable to the must-carry rules.
Sec. 76.56 Signal carriage obligations.
Sec. 76.57 Channel positioning.
Sec. 76.59 Modification of television markets.
Sec. 76.60 Compensation for carriage.
Sec. 76.61 Disputes concerning carriage.
Sec. 76.62 Manner of carriage.
Sec. 76.64 Retransmission consent.
Sec. 76.65 Good faith and exclusive retransmission consent complaints.
Sec. 76.66 Satellite broadcast signal carriage.
Sec. 76.70 Exemption from input selector switch rules.
Subpart E—Equal Employment Opportunity Requirements
Sec. 76.71 Scope of application.
Sec. 76.73 General EEO policy.
Sec. 76.75 Specific EEO program requirements.
Sec. 76.77 Reporting requirements and enforcement.
Sec. 76.79 Records available for public inspection.
Subpart F—Network Non-duplication Protection, Syndicated Exclusivity and
Sec. 76.92 Cable network non-duplication; extent of protection.
Sec. 76.93 Parties entitled to network non-duplication protection.
Sec. 76.94 Notification.
Sec. 76.95 Exceptions.
Sec. 76.101 Cable syndicated program exclusivity: extent of protection.
Sec. 76.103 Parties entitled to syndicated exclusivity.
Sec. 76.105 Notification.
Sec. 76.106 Exceptions.
Sec. 76.107 Exclusivity contracts.
Sec. 76.108 Indemnification contracts.
Sec. 76.109 Requirements for invocation of protection.
Sec. 76.110 Substitutions.
Sec. 76.111 Cable sports blackout.
Sec. 76.120 Network non-duplication protection, syndicated exclusivity and
sports blackout rules for satellite carriers: Definitions.
Sec. 76.122 Satellite network non-duplication.
Sec. 76.123 Satellite syndicated program exclusivity.
Sec. 76.124 Requirements for invocation of protection.
Sec. 76.125 Indemnification contracts.
Sec. 76.127 Satellite sports blackout.
Sec. 76.128 Application of sports blackout rules.
Sec. 76.130 Substitutions.
Sec. 76.205 Origination cablecasts by legally qualified candidates for public
office; equal opportunities.
Sec. 76.206 Candidate rates.
Sec. 76.209 Fairness doctrine; personal attacks; political editorials.
Sec. 76.213 Lotteries.
Sec. 76.225 Commercial limits in children's programs.
Sec. 76.227 [Reserved]
Subpart H—General Operating Requirements
Sec. 76.309 Customer service obligations.
Subpart I—Forms and Reports
Sec. 76.403 Cable television system reports.
Subpart J—Ownership of Cable Systems
Sec. 76.501 Cross-ownership.
Sec. 76.502 Time limits applicable to franchise authority consideration of
Sec. 76.503 National subscriber limits.
Sec. 76.504 Limits on carriage of vertically integrated programming.
Sec. 76.505 Prohibition on buy outs.
Subpart K—Technical Standards
Sec. 76.601 Performance tests.
Sec. 76.602 Incorporation by reference.
Sec. 76.605 Technical standards.
Sec. 76.606 Closed captioning.
Sec. 76.609 Measurements.
Sec. 76.610 Operation in the frequency bands 108–137 and 225–400 MHz—scope of
Sec. 76.611 Cable television basic signal leakage performance criteria.
Sec. 76.612 Cable television frequency separation standards.
Sec. 76.613 Interference from a multichannel video programming distributor
Sec. 76.614 Cable television system regular monitoring.
Sec. 76.616 Operation near certain aeronautical and marine emergency radio
Sec. 76.617 Responsibility for interference.
Sec. Sec. 76.618-76.620 [Reserved]
Sec. 76.630 Compatibility with consumer electronics equipment.
Sec. 76.640 Support for unidirectional digital cable products on digital
Subpart L—Cable Television Access
Sec. 76.701 Leased access channels.
Sec. 76.702 Public access.
Subpart M—Cable Inside Wiring
Sec. 76.800 Definitions.
Sec. 76.801 Scope.
Sec. 76.802 Disposition of cable home wiring.
Sec. 76.804 Disposition of home run wiring.
Sec. 76.805 Access to molding.
Sec. 76.806 Pre-termination access to cable home wiring.
Subpart N—Cable Rate Regulation
Sec. 76.901 Definitions.
Sec. 76.905 Standards for identification of cable systems subject to
Sec. 76.906 Presumption of no effective competition.
Sec. 76.907 Petition for a determination of effective competition.
Sec. 76.910 Franchising authority certification.
Sec. 76.911 Petition for reconsideration of certification.
Sec. 76.912 Joint certification.
Sec. 76.913 Assumption of jurisdiction by the Commission.
Sec. 76.914 Revocation of certification.
Sec. 76.916 Petition for recertification.
Sec. 76.917 Notification of certification withdrawal.
Sec. 76.920 Composition of the basic tier.
Sec. 76.921 Buy-through of other tiers prohibited.
Sec. 76.922 Rates for the basic service tier and cable programming services
Sec. 76.923 Rates for equipment and installation used to receive the basic
Sec. 76.924 Allocation to service cost categories.
Sec. 76.925 Costs of franchise requirements.
Sec. 76.930 Initiation of review of basic cable service and equipment rates.
Sec. 76.933 Franchising authority review of basic cable rates and equipment
Sec. 76.934 Small systems and small cable companies.
Sec. 76.935 Participation of interested parties.
Sec. 76.936 Written decision.
Sec. 76.937 Burden of proof.
Sec. 76.938 Proprietary information.
Sec. 76.939 Truthful written statements and responses to requests of
Sec. 76.940 Prospective rate reduction.
Sec. 76.941 Rate prescription.
Sec. 76.942 Refunds.
Sec. 76.943 Fines.
Sec. 76.944 Commission review of franchising authority decisions on rates for
the basic service tier and associated equipment.
Sec. 76.945 Procedures for Commission review of basic service rates.
Sec. 76.946 Advertising of rates.
Sec. 76.950 Complaints regarding cable programming service rates.
Sec. 76.951 Standard complaint form; other filing requirements.
Sec. 76.952 Information to be provided by cable operator on monthly
Sec. 76.953 Limitation on filing a complaint.
Sec. 76.954 Initial review of complaint; minimum showing requirement;
dismissal of defective complaints.
Sec. 76.955 Additional opportunity to file corrected complaint.
Sec. 76.956 Cable operator response.
Sec. 76.957 Commission adjudication of the complaint.
Sec. 76.960 Prospective rate reductions.
Sec. 76.961 Refunds.
Sec. 76.962 Implementation and certification of compliance.
Sec. 76.963 Forfeiture.
Sec. 76.970 Commercial leased access rates.
Sec. 76.971 Commercial leased access terms and conditions.
Sec. 76.972 Customer service standards.
Sec. 76.975 Commercial leased access dispute resolution.
Sec. 76.977 Minority and educational programming used in lieu of designated
commercial leased access capacity.
Sec. 76.978 Leased access annual reporting requirement.
Sec. 76.980 Charges for customer changes.
Sec. 76.981 Negative option billing.
Sec. 76.982 Continuation of rate agreements.
Sec. 76.983 Discrimination.
Sec. 76.984 Geographically uniform rate structure.
Sec. 76.985 Subscriber bill itemization.
Sec. 76.986 “A la carte” offerings.
Sec. 76.987 New product tiers.
Sec. 76.990 Small cable operators.
Subpart O—Competitive Access to Cable Programming
Sec. 76.1000 Definitions.
Sec. 76.1001 Unfair practices generally.
Sec. 76.1002 Specific unfair practices prohibited.
Sec. 76.1003 Program access proceedings.
Sec. 76.1004 Applicability of program access rules to common carriers and
Sec. Sec. 76.1005-76.1010 [Reserved]
Subpart P—Competitive Availability of Navigation Devices
Sec. 76.1200 Definitions.
Sec. 76.1201 Rights of subscribers to use or attach navigation devices.
Sec. 76.1202 Availability of navigation devices.
Sec. 76.1203 Incidence of harm.
Sec. 76.1204 Availability of equipment performing conditional access or
Sec. 76.1205 Availability of interface information.
Sec. 76.1206 Equipment sale or lease charge subsidy prohibition.
Sec. 76.1207 Waivers.
Sec. 76.1208 Sunset of regulations.
Sec. 76.1209 Theft of service.
Sec. 76.1210 Effect on other rules.
Subpart Q—Regulation of Carriage Agreements
Sec. 76.1300 Definitions.
Sec. 76.1301 Prohibited practices.
Sec. 76.1302 Carriage agreement proceedings.
Sec. Sec. 76.1303-76.1305 [Reserved]
Subpart R—Telecommunications Act Implementation
Sec. 76.1400 Purpose.
Sec. 76.1402 CPST rate complaints.
Sec. 76.1404 Use of cable facilities by local exchange carriers.
Subpart S—Open Video Systems
Sec. 76.1500 Definitions.
Sec. 76.1501 Qualifications to be an open video system operator.
Sec. 76.1502 Certification.
Sec. 76.1503 Carriage of video programming providers on open video systems.
Sec. 76.1504 Rates, terms and conditions for carriage on open video systems.
Sec. 76.1505 Public, educational and governmental access.
Sec. 76.1506 Carriage of television broadcast signals.
Sec. 76.1507 Competitive access to satellite cable programming.
Sec. 76.1508 Network non-duplication.
Sec. 76.1509 Syndicated program exclusivity.
Sec. 76.1510 Application of certain Title VI provisions.
Sec. 76.1511 Fees.
Sec. 76.1512 Programming information.
Sec. 76.1513 Open video dispute resolution.
Sec. 76.1514 Bundling of video and local exchange services.
Sec. 76.1601 Deletion or repositioning of broadcast signals.
Sec. 76.1602 Customer service—general information.
Sec. 76.1603 Customer service—rate and service changes.
Sec. 76.1604 Charges for customer service changes.
Sec. 76.1605 New product tier.
Sec. 76.1606 Rate change while complaint pending.
Sec. 76.1607 Principal headend.
Sec. 76.1608 System technical integration requiring uniform election of
must-carry or retransmission consent status.
Sec. 76.1609 Non-duplication and syndicated exclusivity.
Sec. 76.1610 Change of operational information.
Sec. 76.1611 Political cable rates and classes of time.
Sec. 76.1612 Personal attack.
Sec. 76.1613 Political editorials.
Sec. 76.1614 Identification of must-carry signals.
Sec. 76.1615 Sponsorship identification.
Sec. 76.1616 Contracts with local exchange carriers.
Sec. 76.1617 Initial must-carry notice.
Sec. 76.1618 Basic tier availability.
Sec. 76.1619 Information on subscriber bills.
Sec. 76.1620 Availability of signals.
Sec. 76.1621 Equipment compatibility offer.
Sec. 76.1622 Consumer education program on compatibility.
Sec. 76.1630 MVPD digital television transition notices.
Subpart U—Documents to be Maintained for Inspection
Sec. 76.1700 Records to be maintained by cable system operators.
Sec. 76.1701 Political file.
Sec. 76.1702 Equal employment opportunity.
Sec. 76.1703 Commercial records on children's programs.
Sec. 76.1704 Proof-of-performance test data.
Sec. 76.1705 Performance tests (channels delivered).
Sec. 76.1706 Signal leakage logs and repair records.
Sec. 76.1707 Leased access.
Sec. 76.1708 Principal headend.
Sec. 76.1709 Availability of signals.
Sec. 76.1710 Operator interests in video programming.
Sec. 76.1711 Emergency alert system (EAS) tests and activation.
Sec. 76.1712 Open video system (OVS) requests for carriage.
Sec. 76.1713 Complaint resolution.
Sec. 76.1714 FCC rules and regulations.
Sec. 76.1715 Sponsorship identification.
Sec. 76.1716 Subscriber records and public inspection file.
Sec. 76.1717 Compliance with technical standards.
Subpart V—Reports and Filings
Sec. 76.1800 Additional reports and filings.
Sec. 76.1801 Registration statement.
Sec. 76.1802 Annual employment report.
Sec. 76.1803 Signal leakage monitoring.
Sec. 76.1804 Aeronautical frequencies: leakage monitoring (CLI).
Sec. 76.1805 Alternative rate regulation agreements.
Subpart W—Encoding Rules
Sec. 76.1901 Applicability.
Sec. 76.1902 Definitions.
Sec. 76.1903 Interfaces.
Sec. 76.1904 Encoding rules for defined business models.
Sec. 76.1905 Petitions to modify encoding rules for new services within
defined business models.
Sec. 76.1906 Encoding rules for undefined business models.
Sec. 76.1907 Temporary bona fide trials.
Sec. 76.1908 Certain practices not prohibited.
Sec. 76.1909 Redistribution control of unencrypted digital terrestrial
Subpart X—Access to MDUs
Sec. 76.2000 Exclusive access to multiple dwelling units generally.
Alphabetical Index—Part 76
Authority: 47 U.S.C. 151, 152, 153, 154, 301, 302, 302a, 303, 303a, 307,
308, 309, 312, 315, 317, 325, 339, 340, 341, 503, 521, 522, 531, 532, 534,
535, 536, 537, 543, 544, 544a, 545, 548, 549, 552, 554, 556, 558, 560, 561,
571, 572, 573.
Source: 37 FR 3278, Feb. 12, 1972, unless otherwise noted.