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2016 Florida Statutes

SECTION 201
Obscene programming on cable television during promotional period unlawful; penalty; applicability.
F.S. 847.201
847.201 Obscene programming on cable television during promotional period unlawful; penalty; applicability.
(1) It is unlawful for any owner or operator of any cable television service to provide on any basic cable channel during a promotional “free weekend” or other advertising period obscene programming or programming otherwise unprotected by the Constitution of the United States.
(2) Any person who violates the provisions of subsection (1) is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable by a fine of up to $2,000.
(3) This section shall not apply to any owner or operator of any cable television service who:
(a) Provides to its subscribers of basic cable channels at least once annually, and to its new subscribers of basic cable channels at the time of subscription, at least 30 days’ advance written notice that such aforesaid programming may be shown, which notice shall include the dates and times such programming may be shown; and
(b) Upon request of the subscribers of basic cable channels and during such promotional period, electronically “locks out” the aforesaid programming from the basic cable channels so that it is not received in the television receivers of such subscribers requesting not to receive such programming, or makes available at no cost to the subscribers of basic cable channels parental control devices, sometimes known as “lock boxes,” which devices shall have the capability of “locking out” or denying reception to the television receivers of such aforesaid subscribers requesting same.
History.s. 1, ch. 87-215.