qualified noncommercial educational television station

(1) Qualified noncommercial educational television station The term “qualified noncommercial educational television station” means any television broadcast station which— (A) (i) under the rules and regulations of the Commission in effect on March 29, 1990 , is licensed by the Commission as a noncommercial educational television broadcast station and which is owned and operated by a public agency, nonprofit foundation, corporation, or association; and (ii) has as its licensee an entity which is eligible to receive a community service grant, or any successor grant thereto, from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, or any successor organization thereto, on the basis of the formula set forth in section 396(k)(6)(B) of this title ; or (B) is owned and operated by a municipality and transmits predominantly noncommercial programs for educational purposes. Such term includes (I) the translator of any noncommercial educational television station with five watts or higher power serving the franchise area, (II) a full-service station or translator if such station or translator is licensed to a channel reserved for noncommercial educational use pursuant to section 73.606 of title 47, Code of Federal Regulations , or any successor regulations thereto, and (III) such stations and translators operating on channels not so reserved as the Commission determines are qualified as noncommercial educational stations.


47 USC § 535(l)(1)

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